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Nom Nation

BEFORE YOU START

Play the game by going to the Nom Nation website or by downloading the free iOS app from iTunes.

This promotional video gives you a taste of how the game is played:

 

LESSON PLAN

Aims: for students to learn about healthy eating, learn about the characteristics of five different food groups and practise using the zero conditional
Resources: Nom Nation game, one computer with Adobe Flash player or iOS tablet or smartphone per 2-3 students, worksheet
Level: B1+
Time: 30 minutes plus optional extension

PROCEDURE

Before the lesson

  1. Play the first level of Nom Nation and note down the food and drink items you find, classifying them into food groups using the information given. You should be able to find the following:
     

    fruit and veg starchy food milk and dairy protein food sugar and fat
    tomato
    orange juice
    sprout
    broccoli
    white pasta
    breakfast cereal
    cream cheese
    skimmed milk
    yoghurt
    boiled egg
    grilled steak
    cookie
    donut
  2. Prepare a matching activity about the rules of the game, as seen in the first level. Maybe you can remember the answers?
     

    1

    If you eat food that is high in fat …

    A

    … you can break blocks with the power punch.

    2

    If you become super-sized

    B

    … you lose energy.

    3

    If you become super-sized

    C

    … you lose a piece of your heart.

    4

    If you fall from a high place …

    D

    … you lose energy.

    5

    If you touch the spikes …

    E

    … you become super-sized.

    6

    If you eat food from all five food groups …

    F

    … you lose a piece of your heart.

    7

    If you eat any unhealthy food …

    G

    … you get an extra heart.

    8

    If you fall too far …

    H

    … you can break blocks by falling on them.

    9

    If you run out of energy …

    I

    … you can run fast using the sugar rush.

    10

    If you eat some types of vegetables …

    J

    … it damages your heart.

    11

    If you eat foods that are high in protein …

    K

    … you can lose weight quickly by dancing.

    12

    If you drink sweet espresso coffee …

    L

    … you can fly using the fart jet.

    Check your answers:
    1E, 2H/K, 3H/K, 4B/D, 5B/D, 6G, 7J, 8C/F, 9C/F, 10L, 11A, 12I

During the lesson

  1. Tell students they are going to play a game about healthy eating. Elicit what kinds of food and drink are important as part of a balanced diet.
  2. Explain that we can classify food into five groups: fruit and veg, starchy food, milk and dairy, protein food, and sugar and fat. Read out the list of food words from the box above at random and ask students to write each item in one of the groups. Elicit answers and ask students to say if each food is good or bad for you.
  3. Tell students you have prepared some instructions for the game, but that unfortunately you have got some of them mixed up. Ask them to read and predict as many answers as they can.
  4. In groups of two or three, students play the game, checking that their instructions are correct and confirming which food group each item is in.
  5. Collect feedback from different groups to confirm both the rules of the game and the properties of each food.

TAKING IT FURTHER

Depending on your students and the time available, you could:

  • have students play the game whole-class in teams, taking turns to play each part of the level and giving advice to each other, e.g. ‘go up’, ‘go down’, ‘click’, ‘jump’
  • ask students how many grains of rice they ate and what rank they achieved
  • encourage students to do more research about each food using the game, such as which vitamins and minerals it contains
  • get students to add to their list of rules and food groups by playing the next level
  • ask students to discuss whether the game is a good way of learning about healthy eating
  • ask students whether they would change anything about the game.

OVER TO YOU

Do you feel you could use this lesson idea with your students? If so, how would you integrate it into your curriculum? How would you make sure your students used English?

Can you think of any other ways of using Nom Nation in the classroom?

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