Food pyramid Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
Young scholars 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 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 keep food journals for one week. For this health lesson, 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 lesson includes a game in which student groups categorize foods into the six food groups.
Young scholars investigate how mold grows on food. In this mold lesson plan, 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 instructional activity 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.
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.
Students create a menu following food pyramid guidelines. In this nutrition lesson, students plan a menu by finding magazine pictures from each food pyramid group. Next, students create a menu for an entire day.
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.
Students discover a new recipe for pizza. In this nutrition lesson, students conduct research regarding the food pyramid in order to build a nutritious pizza. To top the lesson off, students bake their healthy pizzas at school.
Students work on various muscle groups while "shopping" for foods to place in the appropriate food pyramid groups.
An inventive and engaging instructional activity 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.
Students examine the food pyramid. In this nutrition lesson, students investigate healthy foods and identify the proper place for each food on the food pyramid.
Students brainstorm what they know about the five food groups, and practice placing certain foods within the food pyramid where they belong.
Young scholars explore the food pyramid to identify the foods that are beneficial for optimal health in both quality and quantity. Their current diets are analyzed and compared to the eating habits of different countries.