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Second graders are introduced to the food groups on the food pyramid. Individually, they draw pictures of their favorite foods and identify which food group it belongs. To end the lesson plan, they discuss the importance of eating a variety of foods.
PICTURE PERFECT PYRAMID
Middle schoolers 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.
The Food Guide Pyramid
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.
Fun With Food
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.
Picture Perfect 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.
Making Healthy Eating Choices for You and Others
Students 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. Students participate in cross curricular activities to become familiar with the information in the food pyramid.
Food Choice in our Everyday Lives
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.
Eat Five A Day
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.
Nutrition & You
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.
FOOD FOR THE ANCESTORS
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.
Life Science: My 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.
Your Healthy Body
Third graders identify the food groups. In this nutrition instructional activity, 3rd graders examine the food pyramid and create a balanced diet plan. Students label a blank food pyramid outline.
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.
Healthy Writing: Keeping Food Journals
Students keep food journals for one week. In this health instructional activity, students are instructed to write down everything a student eats and drinks for five days. After this time, students complete an activity in which they analyze their diet against the Food Pyramid. Finally, the instructional activity includes a game in which student groups categorize foods into the six food groups.
Students investigate how mold grows on food. In this mold lesson, 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 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.
Eating Right with a Little Help From the VT
Students explore the food pyramid. In this nutrition lesson, students identify the 5 food groups and sort foods according to the group in which they belong. Students use the Visual Thesaurus to complete a food groups worksheet and develop an example of a healthy daily menu.
Nutrition: A Thematic Unit
Young learners explore nutrition and the food groups in these two mini-lesson plan ideas. First, kindergarteners have a discussion about their health and how different foods contribute to it before making their own personal food pyramid. Then for homework, they bring in food labels and use them to make a 'plate' of healthy foods in correct proportions. This resource also includes some ideas for cross-curricular activities such as poems, songs and science experiments that deal with nutrition.
What is a Balanced Menu?
Young scholars create a menu following food pyramid guidelines. In this nutrition lesson plan, students plan a menu by finding magazine pictures from each food pyramid group. Next, young scholars create a menu for an entire day.
What Is a Balanced Menu?
Students examine the different categories of the food pyramid. They discuss meals they have eaten, glue magazine pictures of food onto a paper plate to represent a balanced meal, and plan a menu for a day.