Sugar Detectives

Sugar Detectives

Learning about sugar, how its affects your health and the sugar levels of different drinks.

Resource
60-80 mins
S1–S3

Curriculum for Excellence

  • HWB 3-34a - Having explored a range of issues which may affect food choice, I can discuss how this could impact on the individual’s health.

  • HWB 3-36a - Using my knowledge of nutrition and current healthy eating advice, I can evaluate the information on food packaging, enabling me to make informed choices when preparing and cooking healthy dishes.

  • HWB 4-32a - Having identified diet-related conditions, I can adapt and cook recipes to suit individual needs.

  • HWB 4-34a - Having explored a range of issues which may affect food choice, I can discuss how this could impact on the individual’s health.

Learning intentions / Success criteria

  • We are learning about amounts of sugar in drinks and how to make more informed decisions when choosing what to drink.
  • We are learning about the effect of sugar on health.
  • I can explain the amount of sugar in different drinks.
  • I can describe the effect of sugar on an individual's health.

Resources

Cross-curricular Links

Maths – graph / weighing / measuring

Science – weighing / measuring

Activities

Warm up

  • Explain the effects of sugar and what it can do to health using e.g. the FSS website.

Drinks sorting exercise

  1. Pupils to guess how much sugar they think is in their own drinks (per 100ml or per portion), put in order of most to least.
  2. Discuss pupils own consumption of sugar and understand what drinks they consume that contain sugar.
  3. Visually show sugar using sugar cubes that have been weighed out to match sugar in pupils own drinks.
  4. Pupils to then plot amounts on a graph which can be put on the classroom wall.

Consolidation

  1. Pupils investigate and identify positive alternatives to the drinks they currently consume.
  2. Pupils present back their findings to the class.

Assessment Opportunities

SAY – Questioning

DO – Observations

DO – Identifying appropriate alternative drinks

Consider CfE Benchmarks, for example:

  • Explains factors that could influence choice of food, for example, media, poverty, peer pressure...and potential impact on health.
  • Evaluates information on food packaging and uses it to make informed choices when selecting food for given situations.

Differentiation

Support

Use a sliding scale to visually represent drinks and the sugar they contain.

Challenge

Pupils to pair up and calculate how much sugar is consumed in a week from drinks and plot on a graph to visually represent.

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