Food pyramid Teacher Resources
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Food Pyramid and Snack Time
Students and teacher have a discussion about the food pyramid and the importance of selecting appropriate items from each category to fulfill the daily intake. They discuss what different kinds of snacks can be made.
Food Pyramid Power: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Learners show their knowledge of properties of objects as it pertains to sorting and creating patterns. In this food pyramid power instructional activity, students show their ability to use whole numbers in different representations by appling strategies for addition and subtraction in order to solve single and double-digit addition and subtraction problems.
Energy Flow in a Wetland Ecosystem
How is energy transferred within an ecosystem? What would happen to a food web if one of the organisms was removed? Elementary or middle school ecologists examine these questions and more in a comprehensive 5E learning cycle lesson. Through stories, games, a card sort, and a writing assignment, young scientists learn the essential components of food webs in a fun and interesting way. Although most of the links within the lesson are no longer active, many of the necessary resources are included in the appendix. In order to build learner anticipation and reduce your preparation time, each student could be assigned one of the animals in the food web game to research, then create a card for the game; cards could be made a day or two before teaching the lesson. Depending on the age of your learners, you may wish to adjust the writing prompt at the end to address some higher-level thinking concepts.
Students identify and interpret the food groups and nutrition. They listen to a book, list prior knowledge of foods and nutrition, and sort the foods into various food groups. Students then identify various foods by listening to clues as they are read aloud and create an Idea Web.
First graders explore the Food Pyramid. In this food pyramid lesson students investigate the food groups in the food pyramid. Students discover the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle.
The Human Body
An incredible series of lessons on the human body is here for you! Young scientists explore various websites, construct a skeleton using macaroni, compare/contrast a frog skeleton to a human skeleton, label the main parts of the human body, and create a clay model heart. Wow! What a lesson!
Lunch Food? Mmmm! Mmmm! Good!
Examine how nutrition plays an important role in our lives by conducting online research and developing lunch menus that satisfy nutritional requirements set up by the United States Department of Agriculture. Students download recipes, create ethnic variations on the food pyramid, and use Excel to convert recipes. In addition, they create a cost sheet for feeding different amounts of students.
Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity
Lesson 7 from Do Something, Inc. of their Eating Healthy unit focuses on BMI - body mass index. There is a link for your learners to calculate where they fall on the BMI spectrum. They can click on the website and enter their birthdate and current weight. Using this information, a calculation will be made. This might help kids think a little more about their eating and exercising habits. Perhaps they will even consider making changes to their lifestyle.
Students evaluate the food pyramid. In this dairy nutrition lesson, students identify the position of the milk group on the food pyramid, then determine their daily calcium requirement and how they can meet that requirement.
First graders explore the nutrition recommendations using selected Internet sources to examine the food pyramid for children. They discuss the attributes of the food groups as well as physical activity. The culminating activities for the activity include playing "My Pyramid Go Fish" and using clocks to identify meal and play times.
Food and Your Body -- How to Maintain a Healthy Diet
Students examine the different food groups on the food pyramid. In groups, they discover the proper amount to eat from each food group and how to prepare healthy meals. They keep a food journal and calculate the amount of calories they take in taking into account the amount of physical activity they receive in a day. To end the lesson plan, they discuss whether being a vegetarian is healthier than not.
Diet: You Are What You Eat
Third graders examine the issue of food quality to assess the dangers of pesticides, additives, and improper food preparation. After keeping food diaries and categorizing foods, they fill in food pyramids based on their journal entries. In addition, 3rd graders bake cakes to determine how additives change the taste of food and take a cola taste test.
Making Healthy Food and Activity Choices: Putting the Pyramid Together
Students work with the Food Guide Pyramid. In this Food Guide Pyramid instructional activity, students draw a large rendering of the food pyramid on a piece of butcher paper. They cut out pictures of foods and place them on the food pyramid, they play a food pyramid game, and discuss the portions of food that they need to complete the pyramid. They write a letter to a family member or teacher telling about one food that they will substitute with a healthy choice.
Food for Thought
Fifth graders explore the brain and what is needs. In this biology lesson plan, 5th graders will work on a series of activities that will allow them to learn about the brain, its parts, and the best foods to eat for their brain.
Food Guide Pyramid - TV and Peers
Students identify foods that belong in each group on the food guide pyramid. They discuss how TV and peers may negatively influence eating habits.
Eat Like An Egyptian
Students evaluate their nutritional health. In this health and nutrition lesson, students analyze the food guide pyramid using an interactive on-line tool. Students complete worksheets and keep food journals. Students set personal goals for healthy eating. A final assessment test is included.
Ecology - Food Chains
Students discuss the concept of a food chain in the California ecosystem. in this food chain lesson, students look at different cards and sort them into herbivores, carnivores, decomposers, and omnivores. Then they use these cards to create several food chains.
Building a Pyramid
Fifth graders explore human health by examining the food pyramid. In this eating habits lesson, 5th graders identify the different food categories discussed in the food pyramid and their inherent benefits to human beings. Students create a food pyramid brochure while collaborating in small groups.
Students act as decision makers and research and determine the nutritional needs of young children, teenagers, and adults. They compile their findings in a nutrition portfolio. Class groups assume the role of hospital dietician and plan meals for their patient based upon research and the information given to them about the patient.
Fourth graders investigate healthy snack food choices by learning to read food labels and measure sugar content in food. They determine if they are eating a healthy diet by making food pyramid of their eating habits. They complete and present a multimedia presentation of their findings.