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Fourth graders read a story and complete worksheets to review their understanding of the 5 food groups. After discussion, they keep a nutrition journal similar to that of the main character in the story, Arianna Bones. Complete with excellent hand-outs.
Students organize food groups into categories. Students work in cooperative groups to illustrate different types of food groups. Students collect data on different types of food groups to support findings.
Students create their own Fantasy Food Group Fun Lands.
Students brainstorm what they know about the five food groups, and practice placing certain foods within the food pyramid where they belong.
For this food groups worksheet, students read a passage about the food pyramid and the various groups of foods. Students learn about a balanced diet and answer several questions about the passage.
Students consider how food is converted to energy. In this science lesson plan, students explore the importance of eating properly with a balanced diet as they study 4 food groups.
Students discover the four main food groups by categorizing their own diet.  In this healthy eating instructional activity, students utilize a chart with pictures of food to identify which food belongs in which food group.  Students discuss why eating a variety of foods is healthier than sticking to one food group.
Students identify an assortment of foods from all of the food groups, then discuss each type of foods' benefits and what happens to the body if it does not get these foods. They classify the foods according to the food groups.
Students review a variety of foods and classify them into food groups. They identify the benefits of each food group to our bodies and consider how deficiencies of these groups affect humans. They sort pictures, view a video and write stories.
Students study the five food groups as an introduction to nutrition. For this nutrition lesson, students learn about which foods belong in each of the five food groups and they determine the need to eat a healthy diet. They keep a journal of the food that they eat over a weekend before comparing the food to the food pyramid. They complete the journal activity for another two day and compare it to the original one.
Students play a game to learn or reinforce prior learning of the food groups within the food guide pryamid.
Learners identify which food groups foods belong in. In this health and nutrition lesson, students separate a list of foods into food groups, then plan on on-line game to continue identifying the correct groupings for food items.
Students read about and discuss food groups, determine which food group hamburger belongs to, and complete worksheets on which they match clues to products used in making hamburgers, and match burger parts to pictures. Students then conduct taste test on samples of products that make up hamburger, rate products according to which they like best, graph data, and calculate total calorie count of each burger.
Examine food choices and the nutritional properties of food groups with this visually appealing whole-class lesson plan. This will take a bit of preparation, but once you do it, you can use the materials for years. Using a food groups poster and a blank "my plate" poster (pictured, but not included), learners observe healthy proportions and food group ratios. You place cut-out images of food on the large plate poster, then allow students to draw food and a drink on their own "plate."
Students study healthy and unhealthy food choices as well as the basic food groups. In this food choices lesson plan, students sort food options into healthy and unhealthy categories.
In this food groups worksheet, students use the colorful 7 day diary to color a star for each food group eaten each day. Students do not record how many servings from each group, just that they have eaten a food from it.
In this food groups learning exercise, students look at five different food combinations and write all the food groups in each one underneath each food item.
In this five food groups worksheet, students look over a chart containing the five food groups and the seven days of week and color the group they eat each day.
Students determine food groups and design a balanced menu plan. In this food pyramid instructional activity, students use the VisualThesaurus to write a definition of each food group and find foods in each group, then use this information to plan create a balanced diet plan for one day.
Third graders view the food Power Tower and discuss the food groups.  In this food lesson, 3rd graders cut out favorite foods from magazines.  Students read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and record the foods they would miss from the story. Students read additional books about food. Students write steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  

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