A WebQuest for the students of Ms. Farris
at Jessie Clark Middle School
created by Kim Overstreet

 

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion

Introduction

Nutrition is a very important issue in the health of any individual.  Unfortunately, too many American children do not receive the proper nutrients needed to be healthy.  As a writer for a newsletter for the Nutrition for Children Association, you hope to help correct this situation.  After completing this webquest and learning about the nutrients, food pyramid, and dietary guidelines, you will write a newsletter that will be sent to the homes of many American adolescents.

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Task

Follow the process below and gather information to answer questions on the worksheet that your teacher has given to you.  Once you have gathered the information, you will write a newsletter that has two articles and a sample menu for an average 11-13 year old.  Remember this newsletter will be for parents and kids.

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Process

Get the worksheet from your teacher and read all the questions that you are to answer before you begin the webquest. 

First you are going to learn about Nutrients.

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On this Nutricise site, you will find charts with the Recommended Dietary Allowances for the essential nutrients broken down by gender and age. 

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Macronutrients

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Micronutrients

Now you are going to study the Food Guide Pyramid.

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Take a look at this Interactive Food Guide Pyramid.  Read it carefully.

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Take this "Quiz" and be sure to record your score on your worksheet.

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Water is also an important part of your diet.

Finally lets look at the dietary guidelines.

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Read this article on good nutrition for your teen years.

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Health problems can also be traced to poor diets.

Now you are ready to plan your sample menu.  The menu needs to involve all three meals and any snacks for an adolescent for an entire day.  The links below may help:

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Healthy Snacks

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Stocking the Kitchen with Nutrition

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Adolescent Nutrition

Now you need to decide what your two articles are going to be about.  This is up to you. 

Your class will go back to the room and you will work on the two articles and the sample menu.  Once the class is ready, you will return to the lab to create your newsletter using MS Publisher.

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Evaluation

Your newsletter will be evaluated based on the following rubric:
(Teachers you can also download it in Word 2000 format.)

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Articles - Purpose 90-100% of the articles establish a clear purpose in the lead paragraph and demonstrate a clear understanding of the topic. 85-89% of the articles establish a clear purpose in the lead paragraph and demonstrate a clear understanding of the topic. 75-84% of the articles establish a clear purpose in the lead paragraph and demonstrate a clear understanding of the topic. Less than 75% of the articles establish a clear purpose in the lead paragraph and demonstrate a clear understanding of the topic.
Articles - Supporting Details The details in the articles are clear, effective, and vivid 80-100% of the time. The details in the articles are clear and pertinent 90-100% of the time. The details in the articles are clear and pertinent 75-89% of the time. The details in more than 25% of the articles are neither clear nor pertinent.
Articles - Interest The articles contain facts, figures, and/or word choices that make the articles exceptionally interesting to readers. The articles contain facts, figures, and/or word choices that make the articles interesting to readers. The article contains some facts or figures but is marginally interesting to read. The article does not contain facts or figures that might make it interesting to read.
Layout - Headlines & Captions All articles have headlines that capture the reader's attention and accurately describe the content. All articles have headlines that accurately describe the content. Most articles have headlines that accurately describe the content. Headlines are missing or do not accurately describe content.
Graphics Graphics are clearly related to the articles they accompany and are well-placed. Graphics are clearly related to the articles they accompany. Graphics are somewhat related to the articles they accompany OR may be too cluttered. Most of the graphics are not clearly related to the articles OR no graphics were used OR graphics were overused and distract the reader.

 

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Conclusion

Hopefully through all of this you will realize the importance of nutrition in your daily life.  Think about how and what you eat.  Is it time for you to make a change?  Live a long and healthy life!

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