My son recently asked what was healthier to drink. It took us on a discovery mission about the sugar content in the drinks we have in our home and drinks we tend to sometimes consume. As we were doing this, I thought to myself that this little discovery activity would be a great way for our students to develop an understanding about their diets and healthy living. I searched the internet and there is a lot of information, but wanted something that impacted the viewer visually. I have found two that stand out that I am writing about today.
The first one is an info graphic that clearly compares sugar content in different drinks. Jamie Oliver, a famous chef and activist for eating healthy, has posted it. I have found it as a great visual for my son to be able to compare the quantities of sugar. Click on the image below to be brought to the PDF version.
A great way for students to understand this content could be to create a comparison board about what they have learned. Below, you’ll find an effective, yet, simple visual aid to help your students begin to understand what we are consuming. This image has been shared so many times over Facebook; however, the original source is not listed. If you do know the original source, please leave us a comment!
The Vancouver Island Health Authority actually has an entire activity centered on this topic! Included in the FREE PDF is a lesson plan, activity, resources, and images to create your very own display! Just click on the link above to be taken to the free resource.
If you and your students are really serious about making healthier drink choices, you can actually take the Rethink Your Drink Pledge! Be sure to check out this website for additional resources to help you and your students learn more about the hidden sugars in our drinks!
Hoping that this information helps you and your students. If you do have your students create their own visuals, then please share as we would love to see what brilliance they come up with!
Of note: 1 tsp is approximately equal to 4.2 grams of sugar