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Good Snack,Smart Snack

Carolyn Mannis


After completing a unit of study on nutrition, students work as company managers to design and advertise healthy snacks to sell. A list of ingredients will be listed for each snack and an advertisement will be designed to promote their product.


The student writes for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes.

The student knows the nutritional values of different foods.

The student knows how to positively influence others to make positive choices.


- A poster showing the Food Pyramid
- Reading material with information about good nutrition
- Pencils and notebook paper, coloring crayons, drawing paper
- Cookbooks are optional but helpful.
- A computer with Internet access would be helpful but not necessary


The teacher must teach the students about the Food Pyramid and good nutrition before doing this lesson.


1. Tell the students to pretend that they own a company that makes snacks. They want to make and sell snacks that taste really good and are also healthy for people to eat. They need to inform people about their snacks by advertising in the newspaper.
2. Lead a class discussion in reviewing what students have already learned about the Food Pyramid.
3. Provide the students with real life recipes from cookbooks and/or magazines to use as models for doing their work.
4. The students and teacher develop a rubric together which will aid in producing the completed project.
5. They may use the Food Pyramid chart to help them make sure it is a healthy snack. The snack must be made from the food on the Pyramid. The teacher may remind the class, as they are working, to refer back to the food pyramid to ensure their snack is healthy.
6. Use rubric to grade finished work and provide feedback to the students. Corrections may be made by the students and turned back in to be graded if needed.
7. Provide newspaper advertisements for the students to use as models for their ads. Point out criteria of being neat and to the point when the class makes their own advertisements. Being easy to read is another important quality of an effective advertisement for the newspaper. Discuss ideas of how to influence the reader of their ad in a positive manner. Discuss the fact that they want to appeal to adults as well as children. Explain that they must tell the nutritional value of their snack and why it is good for a person to eat it. They need to tell the price and the size of the food.
8. The teacher and the class develop a rubric to use in their development of their ads. The criteria for which the ad is graded is that the message be clear, neat, concise and appealing to adults as well as children.
9. The students may work in small groups or individually, the teacher will decide. The students may use drawing paper and crayons to make the ads that will appear in the newspaper. Encourage the students to be creative with naming their snacks. Try to make the names short and -zippy-. As the class is working on their ads, the teacher may remind them to refer to their rubrics to see the criteria needed to have an effective advertisement. The teacher must be available to give help when needed.
10. Completed ads are graded using the rubric and feedback will be given.
11. When the newspaper ads are returned to the students, mount them on poster paper or construction paper. Display in a place where the students feel proud to see their work, such as in the lunchroom, hallway close to the office, etc.
12. To bring the activity to a close, discuss with the class how their awareness about advertisements has grown and the fact that their awareness of the ingredients of the food they eat has grown as well.


The rubric created by the teacher and students will be used to assess the students' healthy snacks and their newspaper advertisements. The advertisement rubric will give points for having a message that is clear, neat, concise and appealing to adults and children. An example of the points of the rubric could be
12 points = A, 11 points = B, 10 points = C, and a project of 9 points or less would be returned for the student to redo and turn back in to the teacher. Guide the students to understand this conclusion before they begin their project. They will see the importance of doing well the first time and it was their idea.... and no one will make a bad grade on this project!

A rubric will be developed by the teacher and students together to be used to evaluate each snack based on pre-determined nutritional criteria based on the Food Pyramid. This will provide evidence that they know the nutritional values of different foods. This can be an oral discussion, one-to-one with the teacher, or a presentation to the class.
Students then -rank order- the advertisements based on appeal and positive influence and whether the product appeals to them based on the advertisement.

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