Food Teacher Resources
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Learners discuss the five food groups and the seven basic nutrients. They decorate Food We Eat booklet pages with pictures of foods found on background, rubber stamp and animation tools in KidPix. (Booklet has a page for each food group.)
Students study the origins of the foods that we eat. They examine how food was domesticated long before it was available for mass consumption. They research the origin of a number of food products and complete a chart before discussing the interconnections of the foods we eat throughout the global community.
Students analyze how the digestive system works by taking the food we eat and breaking it down for our bodies to use for various reasons. They list the major components of the digestive system and draw a diagram. They explain how astronauts have challenges when it comes to eating in space.
Students illustrate the major parts of a plant, classify some plant foods we eat as roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds. They also name some animals that use seeds, leaves, and fruit for food.
Students list at least 10 different food items grown/produced in their community, identify what each food item contains and make a list of different food items which constitute a balanced diet. They bring in food samples and write food poems.
Students plan a menu for one day after they study the food pyramid and learn about their daily food requirements. They are given an updated food pyramid with a summary fo dietary recommendations that replaces the old standard "four food groups" chart.
Here is a wonderfully designed lesson plan on bees and pollination designed for early elementary learners. After a class discussion on bees, pupils pretend to be a bee by picking up nectar off of "flowers" in the class. The flowers are actually pieces of colored chalk, and the kids have cotton balls that act as collectors. There is a terrific worksheet/assessment embedded in the plan as well as a letter to parents announcing the unit of study.
Gather up a variety of foods made from grains. Cereal, oats, pasta, rice, breads, cookies, crackers, to name a few. Put them in plastic containers or plastic bags. Then do a show-and-tell type demonstration and present all the types of grains and grain products that were brought in. There is a worksheet listing several types of grains and your learners can write the types of products that are made from each of these grains.
Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener and Food from Farms by Nancy Dickmann display the importance of community farms. After reading these short picture books, class members draw connections between farms and the food we eat each day. As a closing activity, pupils write and illustrate a thank you card. If there are farms in your county or region, you could mail these letters.
Students consider their own diets and examine an op-ed article about organically produced foods. They research alternatives to various foods for the creation of a supermarket and reflect on their own diets after keeping a food journal.
Students gain an enhanced understanding of the relationship between proper nutrition and good health. Through use of video, hands-on activities and interaction, students measure energy in food, and recognize sources of vitamins and minerals.
Students recognize that food we eat comes from farms. For this where does food come from lesson, students discuss planting crops and how they grow. Students plant seeds for edible crops and eat them when are ripe. Students sing a song about crops. Students discuss the chicken which also gives us food and learn about how to care for a chicken egg.
Learners examine their school population about their health and exercise patterns. They brainstorm a list of factors that influence people to eat the way they do.
Learners examine the guidelines the United States Department of Agriculture places on food. In groups, they create a list of the foods they consume and discuss the political and environmental implications of purchasing the food. They use the internet to research the food situation around the world and how food is stored and transported. To end the instructional activity, they discover how to be better food consumers to help protect areas of the world facing malnutrition and political unrest.
Students read The Hungry Caterpillar to examine healthy eating habits. For this food and nutrition lesson, students role play the various responsibilities during family mealtime. They will discuss the struggles of healthy eating, and the planning and preparing of meals as a family.
Students discover the origins of fruits and vegetables. In this nutrition lesson, students research how fruits and vegetables came to the United States via trade routes. Resources are provided.
Students discover together that shapes are everywhere - even in the food we eat. In this early childhood math and art lesson, students read about shapes, identify foods that match geometric shapes, and create a class book.
Students explore the letter "B" and bees through a variety of subjects. In this trans-disciplinary unit, young students are introduced to bee's as God's creations, and the letter "B", through math, penmanship, reading, science, art, etc. Multiple activity ideas are given for each subject.
Young scholars examine the origin of the foods they eat. Using fast food as a part of the activity, they list the items that go into making these foods. They identify the geographical area of origin for these products as well. They also explore how certain foods made their way to the United States.
On day one of the "Organic Mechanic Part I" lesson, learners try to remove the waxy coating of an apple and consider pesticides that may be represented by this addition to our food. On day two, they research pesticides online and participate in a think-pair-share activity. On day three, they visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website to discover what is being done about pesticide problems. This can be used as part of your health curriculum on food and nutrition.