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Arianna Bones and the Case of the Missing Food Groups
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.
Build a Burger
Here is an outstanding lesson plan 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 plan!
Fantasy Food Groups Fun Land
Students create their own Fantasy Food Group Fun Lands.
The Five Food Groups
Pupils explore the five food groups as well as the specific foods found in each of these groups.
Meet the Five Food Groups
Students brainstorm what they know about the five food groups, and practice placing certain foods within the food pyramid where they belong.
Food For Energy - Four Food Groups
Learners 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.
Familiarizing Students with the Five Food Groups
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.
Food Group Sort
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.
Comparing Food Groups
In 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.
What Are the Food Groups?
Students discover the four main food groups by categorizing their own diet. In this healthy eating lesson, 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.
Familiarizing Students with the 5 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.
The Five Food Groups - Introduction to Nutrition
Students study the five food groups as an introduction to nutrition. In this nutrition instructional activity, 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.
Food Group Craze
Students play a game to learn or reinforce prior learning of the food groups within the food guide pryamid.
Simple Keys and Nutrition
An inventive and engaging lesson plan 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.
Your Energy 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.
Students 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.
Your Energy In
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 activity 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.
Home Living/ Daily Living: Food Pyramid
What did you have for lunch? Did it contain all four food groups? Help your special education class make good food choices and recognize foods in each of the four food groups. They look at images and discuss the foods on the food pyramid and then sort food pictures by placing them on the correct level of the pyramid.
Meal Planning and Nutrition
In a home environment, learners with special needs practice creating nutritious meal plans. They talk about healthy food choices, then use the food pyramid as a guide to planning three balanced meals. They use a food group check sheet to help them know they have chosen from each of the four food groups for each meal they plan.