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Students examine their own diets, and then redesign the USDA's Food Pyramid to reflect nutrition experts' latest advice. They read and discuss The Color of Nutrition: Fruits and Vegetables, which is an article imbedded in this plan.
Discuss nutrition and identify components of a healthy diet, view a Food Guide Pyramid, and create a Personal Food Pyramid, listing all foods eaten in the past 24 hours. Compare food lists with the standard Food Guide and determine where dietary changes need to be made. Finally, read and discuss scenarios on "What Am I Missing?" cards and diagnose hypothetical cases of malnutrition.
Investigate nutrition and the food pyramid. Fifth graders will use computer software to write a paragraph about nutrition. They will then diagram the food pyramid and gather and organize a collection of healthy recipes.
Learners understand the value of the food pyramid in making good food choices. In this nutrition lesson, students experimented with rats eating junk food and healthy food. Learners observed the results. Students completed a snack worksheet. Learners participated in a healthy food challenge.
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.
Students create a model of the USDA's Food Pyramid Guide, using shoe boxes. They bring an assortment of shoe boxes from home. Students are given a copy of the "Food Guide Pyramid." They wrap boxes for the bread group in white, the vegetable group in green, the meat group in red, the milk group in yellow and the fruit group in purple.
Students examine each level of the food pyramid and how many servings they should consume during the day. They study the important nutrients associated with each category of the food pyramid.
Students investigate the concept of the food pyramid. The lesson includes background information for the teacher to lecture students about the food pyramid. They construct a model of the pyramid using cereal boxes. The projects could serve as props for research papers presented as an extension to the lesson.
Students investigate the food pyramid and how to plan and eat a well balanced diet. They identify the foods on the food pyramid, and draw a picture of a balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Next, they discuss the types of food they eat at home, and create their own food pyramid.
Young scholars use the USDA food guide pyramid to choose items for a balanced diet. In this food pyramid lesson, students play a game naming the items and their foo groups.   Young scholars participate in cross curricular activities to become familiar with the information in the food pyramid.
Students examine how the school food program compares to the food pyramid recommendations. In this food pyramid lesson, students compile data regarding the food choices available in the school through the lunch program and vending machines, then analyze how this meets the recommendations set forth by the USDA in the food pyramid.
Third graders identify the food groups. In this nutrition lesson, 3rd graders examine the food pyramid and create a balanced diet plan. Students label a blank food pyramid outline.
Students focus on the foods they encounter in their everyday lives and how these foods relate to the food pyramid. They recognize food vocabulary in the target language and write a school menu making healthy choices from the pyramid.
Students research the food pyramid and dietary guidelines on the Internet. They design and dictate a newsletter with their findings. They listen to a guest lecturer and take a field trip to the produce aisle of a local store.
Complete a unit on diet and nutrition with young learners. They will explore various websites, create a food pyramid, categorize foods into food groups, list the benefits of various types of foods, evaluate a fast food meal, and identify a myth about candy. Many extensions ideas are provided.
Students identify the foods associated with the "Days of the Dead Celebration." They compare and contrast these foods to the foods associated with American celebrations and become familiar with the foods of Mexico and their relationship to the USDA Food Pyramid.
Students examine the importance of a healthy diet based on the USDA food pyramid. They log their daily food intake in a journal. They create charts to analyze and compare their diets to the USDA recommended allowances.
High schoolers keep food journals for one week. In this health lesson, students are instructed to write down everything a student eats and drinks for five days. After this time, high schoolers complete an activity in which they analyze their diet against the Food Pyramid. Finally, the lesson includes a game in which student groups categorize foods into the six food groups.
Students investigate how mold grows on food. In this mold instructional activity, students review the food pyramid before growing mold on different foods in Zip-Loc bags. They create graphs that show how long it takes for mold to grow on different surfaces.
Students explore food and grocery stores. In this lesson plan on foods, students are introduced to the food pyramid and healthy eating through a variety of center activities. Students have to opportunity to role-play working at a grocery store.

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