Food pyramid Teacher Resources
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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?
Students 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, students 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.
Pizza The Five Food Group Way
Students discover a new recipe for pizza. In this nutrition instructional activity, students conduct research regarding the food pyramid in order to build a nutritious pizza. To top the instructional activity off, students bake their healthy pizzas at school.
Recipe Planning, Meal Preparation and Service
Students examine how to plan, prepare, and serve a meal. They analyze the food pyramid, select five recipes, plan a dinner menu, create a HyperCard stack of the menu, and prepare the meal for their family.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Second graders explore weather. In this weather lesson, 2nd graders read Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and participate in four supplemental science activities. Students participate in Internet research, create weather maps, illustrate pictures, and design a food pyramid.
Food For Thought
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.
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.
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.
Eating and Being Healthy
Pupils investigate healthy lifestyles by examining the food pyramid and performing physical activities. In this personal health lesson plan, students discuss their own diets and how it compares to the food pyramid. Pupils participate in a relay race with their classmates in order to demonstrate good exercising habits.
Breakfast of Champions
Second graders classify foods using the food pyramid and write about the foods they eat. They distinguish between healthy and junk food and make healthy choices for their meals. They listen to the story "No Peas for Nellie" and discuss likes and dislikes.
Nutrition and You
Students use the internet to gather information on proper nutrition. They examine the food pyramid and categorize food into the groups they belong. They develop their own healthy cereal idea and advertising.
La Comida y La Salud
Middle schoolers 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.
Who Is Eating Healthy?
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.
Healthy Food Makes Healthy Body
Students 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. Students also have the opportunity to keep a record of what they eat.
Caille The Caterpillar
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.
Heathly Foods Makes Heathly Body
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.
Good Foods: For the "Health" of It!
Students use stories, videos and the food pyramid to explore healthy eating habits. They identify the food groups and which types of foods belong in each level.
Food Choice in Our Everyday Lives
Students study the Spanish language, learn about the food pyramid, and create a food menu in Spanish. In this Spanish and food pyramid 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.