Level 3 (Grade 6 - Grade 8)

In Level 3, middle school students study caloric intake and caloric expenditure as it relates to a virtual hike on the Appalachian Trail.


Core Lesson: Steppin' into Fitness to Find an Energy Balance

As students calculate how many calories they need each day and weigh the strenuous aspects of hiking the Appalachian Trail, they learn they must maintain a balance between calorie intake and expenditure.
Reproducible: Look on the Label

Language Arts Strand: It Takes More than "Just Do It"

After keeping a journal of physical activity for one week, students reflect on and write a persuasive essay about the benefits of an active lifestyle.


Math Strand: Come Scale Away

Groups of students estimate distances to create maps. Using their maps, each develops an orienteering course for another group to run.

Reproducible: Activity Worksheet
Sample Teacher Rubric: Making a Map


Social Studies Strand: Walk to MY Place!

Students study the diets and lifestyles of previous generations, discovering their calorie input and expenditure may have been better balanced.

Reproducible: Four-Point Assessment  (for oral presentation)
Technology Strand: Food Frenzy
Students use the Internet to create a facts spreadsheet about their favorite fast food meal, then compare that nutritional information to their level of daily physical activity. After reviewing the estimated calorie expenditures for a weeklong hike on the Appalachian trail, they develop a menu of healthy foods to meet their daily calorie consumption.


Message for teachers: It's important to note that this concept of obesity could bring up sensitivities in your classroom. Chances are some of your students may be overweight or obese and it's important not to single out those students. The lessons within this curriculum are designed specifically to avoid using the terms "overweight" and "obese," thereby ensuring that students feel comfortable with, and enjoy completing, the activities within the lessons.