Lesson plan 1: Inventing a healthy lunchbox (using extended brainstorming)
Description: Students will be given a piece of paper with an empty lunchbox drawn on it. The students must invent their own healthy lunchbox using the information they have been given about healthy and not so healthy foods. The completed lunchbox will be scribed by the adult at the lesson.
Group size: Small group 4-6 students.
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Resources: Paper with empty lunchbox template, pencils, textas.
Prior Knowledge: Students will have previous exposure to healthy and not so healthy foods during prior activities, discussions and story books relating to healthy eating.
Objectives: Students will demonstrate their understanding of healthy foods by creating their own healthy lunchbox.
Assessment: The food the children put into their lunchbox will display the children's understanding of healthy foods, as there is space for both sometimes and all the time foods. Using the extended brainstorming cognitive levels of risk taking, curiosity and complexity the teacher can ask the students questions about their finished lunchboxes and make a record either via scribing or mp3 (audio). By asking the students to create this lunchbox the students are encouraged to create new or original ideas, better ideas and unusual ideas. The scribing of the completed healthy lunchbox will also reveal the motivations behind the student's choices and also any misconceptions the students may have surrounding healthy foods.
Complexity: To encourage new ideas and find out reasons behind student's decisions.
Examples of extended brainstorming questions to be asked:
Where could this food go?
What might happen if you ate everything the sometimes part of the lunch box first?
What is the reason for this food in this section of the lunchbox?
Why do you think there is more space in the lunchbox for all the time foods?
Personal Futures: Understands that their behaviour affects their wellbeing.
Thinking: Inquiry: Understands that observation and inquiry can be used to guide action and solve problems in deliberate ways.