4th Grade


Introduction Task Process Resources Evaluation Conclusion


Teacher Resources


The school cafeteria is under construction without any warning. The construction will take at least two weeks!!!!  The school has decided to provide a fast food lunch everyday!!!!  The lunch will consist of a daily cheeseburger, medium fries, and a medium soft drink.  Sounds great, huh?  The school nutritionist is a little worried, as well as the principal. Is this a healthy choice? Your student team has been selected to lend a hand, and discover the answer.



You will devise a PowerPoint presentation revealing what you will uncover during your nutrition investigation. Will you persuade the arriving construction workers to postpone their plans for a later date, or will you influence the cafeteria to keep the fast food lunches as planned? You are now in a group with three other students. Each of you have a role in this specialist group with the following duties: 


evaluator- gather information, and compute the fat and calorie totals from selected restaurants
nutritionist- analyze the dietetic value of the two week lunch proposal
mathematician- create the bar graphs that display the collected data
technician- generate a PowerPoint presentation that shows the groups final  conclusions



  • The student evaluator needs to choose three local fast food restaurants to evaluate (examples:  McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s). Next, calculate how many fat grams and calories are in two weeks worth of lunches from each of the restaurants.

        Lunch should consist of the following:

  1. Cheeseburger

  2. Medium French Fries

  3. Medium Drink (Regular Coke or Regular Pepsi)

Make sure to separate the calories and fat gram totals for the mathematician.

  • The student nutritionist needs to locate the recommended daily allowances of fat grams, and calories.  The nutritionist should also calculate the recommended totals for a two week time span.  In addition, the nutritionist should compare how the food item fits into the food pyramid. Finally, the nutritionist needs to organize this information and make conclusions whether this is a healthy choice or not for the final product.

  • The student mathematician will design a bar graph that reveals the two week total of fat grams from each restaurant, and another bar graph that shows the two week total of calories comparing the totals from each restaurant.

  • The student technician will create a power point presentation that displays your groups findings including:

  1. Food Pyramid

  2. Bar graph #1-   calories

  3. Bar graph #2-   fat grams

  4. Recommended daily allowances, and calculations for a two week time span.

  5. Group conclusions based on information from the evaluator and the final results.





Evaluator Nutritionist
Fast Food Restaurants


Burger King



Education- Nutrition Videos

Food Pyramid

Nutrition- Recommended Daily Allowances




Make Your Own Graph

Education- Graphing Videos

Power Point Templates

 Resources:  Graphics, Instructions, etc.


 Group Evaluation


Fast Food Fat Group Project

Teacher name: Mrs. Pidgeon

Student Name ___________________


CATEGORY Excellent Good Satisfactory Needs Improvement


Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively all of the time. Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively most of the time. Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively some of the time. Group often is not effective in delegating tasks and/or sharing responsibility.


Presentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way. Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way. Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness on 1-2 cards. Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.


Content - Accuracy

All content throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors. Most of the content is accurate but there is one piece of information that might be inaccurate. The content is generally accurate, but one piece of information is clearly flawed or inaccurate. Content is typically confusing or contains more than one factual error.

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You worked very hard!!  Will you be going through a drive-thru tonight, knowing what you know now?? You will soon have a chance to present what you've learned to the whole class. Now you are really experts on FAST FOOD FAT!! 

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