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Here is an outstanding lesson on food groups, nutrition, and diet. In it, learners focus on hamburgers! They take a close look at the products that go into making a hamburger, conduct taste tests on samples, discuss the nutritional value of hamburgers, and draw picutres of their ideal hamburger. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fun and engaging plan, which should make implementation quite easy. A tasty lesson!
Second graders explore the importance of including dairy in their diet. In this nutrition lesson, 2nd graders review the food guide pyramid focusing on the dairy food group. Students discuss the importance of the nutrients in dairy products and brainstorm ways they can meet the recommended daily servings. Students make a graph using their favorite dairy foods. Students go on a virtual tour of a dairy farm.
An inventive and engaging lesson on nutrition, food groups, and the food pyramid is here for you. In it, young dieticians learn about the basics of nutrition. They use the book, Frog and Toad are Friends, to help them foster discussion about healthy eating, and utilize a nifty worksheet embedded in the plan that helps them understand what food group certain foods belong in.
Help your youngsters make considerations about what they eat. Use this lesson as a jumping-off point to discuss dietary guidelines, the food pyramid, and major food groups. This creative lesson grabs youngsters by talking about what they eat and about making decisions. Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and discuss the variety, balance, and moderation (or lack of) in what the caterpillar ate. Ask the question, "Why did the caterpillar get a stomach ache?" Then have your youngsters write a letter to the caterpillar about its food choices.
"Energy Plus!" from Together Counts is three days worth of lessons, discussions, and activities about nutrition. The materials help you teach youngsters about eating healthy and burning calories. Energy in and energy out. Included are information on nutrition labels and food groups, links to fact sheets, a worksheet, and the website for dietary guidelines. A project incorporates what they have learned into creating either a commercial or a printed ad for a food product.
First graders investigate the concept of a healthy diet. They use prior knowledge to list foods that belong to each food group. Then students access computer technology and sort food pictures to the appropriate food group. Students discuss the characteristics of foods found in each category.
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.
Young scholars study the five food groups as an introduction to nutrition. In 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.
Fourth graders identify food groups, foods that fit into those groups, and look at the nutritional value of each food group. They also discover how to interpret and understand food labels. The whole class makes some burgers and fries, and puts all of the food (and condiments used) into the proper food groups to see if they are having a balanced meal. A tasty and thought-provoking lesson plan!
Learners identify and interpret the food groups and nutrition. They listen to a book, list prior knowledge of foods and nutrition, and sort the foods into various food groups. Students then identify various foods by listening to clues as they are read aloud and create an Idea Web.
What are Dietary Guidelines? What are the basic principles of a sensible healthy diet? What do variety, balance, and moderation have to do with eating healthy. What are the food groups? There are a couple of activities in this lesson that scaffold and finally get to the main assignment of having the class plan school breakfasts. Learners need to keep in mind what they have just learned about variety, balance, and moderation.