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Students 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.
Students use food vocabulary to draw and label a food pyramid in the target language. They write a short paragraph comparing and contrasting healthy and unhealthy food choices in Latin American and the United States. Students present food pyramids by using the target language to share their like and dislikes.
Second graders list the six food groups of the food pyramid and give an example for each. They discuss each food group and determine which food goes in each group. They examine the suggested daily servings for each food group and view a PowerPoint show.
Students examine and identify foods on the food pyramid. They catergorize food and place them on the correct level. They discover why they should eat foods in moderation.
Young scholars explore the food pyramid. In this healthy eating instructional activity, students participate in a variety of center activities where they explore the food pyramid and the importance of making healthy food choices. Young scholars also have the opportunity to keep a record of what they eat.
Students study the Spanish language, learn about the food pyramid, and create a food menu in Spanish. In this Spanish and food pyramid instructional activity, students learn Spanish words for specific food vocabulary and study the food pyramid. Students create a tree map using the vocabulary words. Students then write a school menu using Spanish words. Students complete a paper plate food activity using Spanish words.
Students investigate the six groups of the food pyramid. In this food pyramid lesson, students work in a group to find a pictures of their assigned food group. They put the pictures in the "caterpillars" mouth which is based on the animal in Eric Carle's, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, when they gather in circle time.
Young scholars read two articles about the food pyramid. In this health lesson, students answer five questions about the reading. Three of the questions are content related, young scholars compare the old and new food pyramids. The final two questions are about the writing style and purpose of the article.
Students complete a variety of activities to list the ingredients in pizza and identify the food groups in pizza. They sing the song, "I Am a Pizza" by Charlotte Diamond, draw a food pyramid, and make English Muffin pizzas.
In this food pyramid activity, students read about each food group in the food pyramid, and then write examples for each one. Students write 6 groups and 6 examples.
Second graders explore human health by participating in a food choice activity. In this food pyramid lesson, 2nd graders explore the five basic food groups and discuss which healthy choices would benefit them and which foods they should eat less of. Students answer study questions about food choices and the food pyramid.
Students identify components of Food Pyramid by utilizing the Internet as a research tool to obtain current nutritional information. Students identify nutrients needed by the body and how they are used. Students identify food sources for those nutrients. Students design sandwich boards depicting a healthy lunch.
Students monitor and teach second graders about nutrition and exercise. In this community service lesson, students teach cooking, monitor bingo and matching games related to the food pyramid and exercise at stations.
Students watch a video on plant parts and identify the function of plant parts. In this plants lesson plan, students identify the parts of plants they eat and relate it back to the food pyramid and perform math problems as they do this.
Students explore the nutritional value of the potato, its role in the food pyramid, and how it can be a part of a balanced diet. In this potato nutrition lesson, students read about the nutritional value of potatoes. Students work in groups and present potato facts to the class. Students complete a matching activity for the topic.
Student analyze pictures of food items to determine which of the six food pyramid groups they belong to. They tape the pictures onto a poster of the food pyramid. Upon completing the food pyramid, they draw balance meals on paper plates that show which group should be eaten the most, and which should be eaten the least.
Students examine and discuss the levels of the food pyramid, and list the foods they ate for a one-week period. They determine the origins of the food they have eaten, and create personal food pyramids.
Students explore their own dietary habits and identify food pyramid guidelines including serving sizes and recommended portions. They complete worksheets, conduct Internet research and evaluate school lunches.
Here is an engaging cross-curicular lesson which incorporates elements of language arts and heatlh. Groups of learners are assigned to one vowel sound. They work together to find pictures of food out of a booklet that have the long vowel sound that they were assigned. A clever idea!
In this Internet research learning exercise, students are directed to a specific site pertaining to the food pyramid. Students answer 11 questions using information they learn on the Web site.

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