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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 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, 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.
Sixth graders research the effects of a poor diet on a healthy heart. In this nutrition lesson, 6th graders understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet to prevent heart disease. Students classify food into the sections of the food pyramid. students learn about calories and how to find their body mass index.
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.
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.
Second graders explore weather. For 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.