Do you eat carrots and corn? Do you like brussel sprouts and cabbage? Perhaps you eat an orange for lunch or you drink apple juice for breakfast. Today children lead fast paced lives compared to children twenty years ago. Due to busy schedules, families no longer have time to plan healthy meals- thus McDonald's popularity. Many children do not eat enough natural foods such as fruits and vegetables. To obtain a healthy diet fruits and vegetables are essential. However, it is just as important to have a healthy balance of meat and whole grains.


  • Your first task is to create a healthy home-cooked dinner menu for you and your family for an entire week. Your dinner menu must be balanced and include vegetables and/or fruits, meat, and grains. Using Microsoft Excel create and fill out a spreadsheet like the one below. In addition to the menu, please attach recipes for each meal using Microsoft Word.





  • Your second task is to find a partner and create a short cooking show. Between the two of you select one meal from your menus. You are required to make a 5-10 minute cooking demonstration Some ideas you could use are iMovie, Photostory, or Microsoft Movie Maker. The demonstration does not have to include the whole meal being made. For example, you can show part of the meal being made or give the nutritional value of the meal with the ingredients in front of you. Be Creative! Videos should be a visual representation of what you learned about portion sizes, and a healthy diet. You both are required to speak for a minimum of 2 and a half minutes, but no more than five minutes each.


1. Create a table like the one above in Microsoft Excel.
2. Find fruit, vegetable, meat, and grain recipes for an entire week of meals using the links below.
3. Type the recipes into a Microsoft Word document.
4. Fill out the Microsoft Excel table.
5. Print out the Microsoft Excel and Word documents and staple them together.

1. Find a partner that you can work well with and meet with outside of class.
2. Pick one meal for you and your partner to prepare together, with parental supervision.
3. Together write a script in Microsoft Word.
4. Using iMovie, Photostory, or Microsoft Movie Maker create a video 5-10 minutes in length- Be creative!


Illinois Learning Standards

STATE GOAL 22: Understand principles of health promotion and the prevention and treatment of illness and injury.
22.A.3a Identify and describe ways to reduce health risks common to adolescents (e.g., exercise, diet, refusal of harmful substances).


1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes
using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance,
to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments
and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make
informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.

5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical
behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a. understand and use technology systems.
b. select and use applications effectively and productively.


Accomplished 5 points
Developing 3 points
Beginning 1 point
Content:Well put-together dinner menu for entire week,
along with recipes.

Also, short video containing one meal between you and partner

1. Has full week of dinner menu including recipes

2. Video meets time requirement (5-10) minutes

1. Has required menu along with recipes

2.Video is short on time

1. Does not have menu or recipes

2. Video meets time requirement, but short on information

Video includes one meal selected between two people

1. Entire video meets requirements
1. Most of the video meets requirements
1. Some of the video meets requirements
Worked well with a partner
Generally worked well with a partner
Uncooperative, did not work well with a partner
Total Score


After completing this WebQuest, you should be more aware of healthy food choices and will hopefully incorporate this into your life. Happy Healthy Eating!