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Students identify the nutritional value of various cereal grains. Without adding sugar, they cook with grains and compare the taste to cereal containing sugar. In addition, students complete worksheets about the different grains, noting their characteristics.
Students investigate the nutrition benefits of whole grain cereals and oatmeal. They decide to choose whole grain cereals and oatmeal. Students list the protective effects of whole grain cereal and oatmeal against heart disease, cancer and type II diabetes. They try to include more whole grain cereals and oatmeal in their diets
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.
How can you choose healthier foods by reading the nutritional labels? Your class will discover how companies market food items to make them enticing and how to check the food labels of those items to see if they are healthy. They listen to a lecture and then work in small groups to practice finding nutritional information on the side of a cereal box. This lesson includes a resource link.
Study the nutrition of elderly people and how it helps them to remain independent and healthy.  Learners investigative the nutrition concerns of the elderly. MyPlate, vitamine requirements and sensory changes in the elderly are discussed. Note: The lesson would be great for 12th graders thinking about working as a CNA.
Students identify the properties of fiber. In this nutrition lesson, students investigate types of grain and identify the food groups.
Students learn tips for healthy eating. In this nutrition lesson, students learn about the four main food groups, view a food pyramid, and get tips on how to get the most nutrition out of their meals. Students also learning about eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
Fourth graders examine the health benefits of whole grain food. In this whole grain food lesson, 4th graders determine how consuming whole grain foods increases the consumption of fiber, and what health benefits are associated with this. They increase their own consumption of whole grains.
"Energy Plus!" from Together Counts is three days worth of lessons, discussions, and activities about nutrition. The materials help you teach youngsters about eating healthy and burning calories. Energy in and energy out. Included are information on nutrition labels and food groups, links to fact sheets, a worksheet, and the website for dietary guidelines. A project incorporates what they have learned into creating either a commercial or a printed ad for a food product.  
Second graders participate in activities focusing on the grain group and food prices.
This lesson seems pretty advanced for K-2nd graders, but there are some pieces that can be used with young learners. Look through this comprehensive, fact-filled lesson and pull out information and activities that you can adapt to fit your grade level needs. Younger children will need help with reading and understanding the nutrition fact labels, but there is a grocery store activity that would be fun for them. 
Students explore the bread, cereal, grain food group on the Food Guide Pyramid. They test recipes for quick breads which are high in carbohydrates and determine the purpose of each of the ingredients in pancakes or waffles.
Students examine mathematics as an important component of nutrition management and food preparation.
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 comprehend the nutrition benefits whole grain breads. They explore how to overcome the common barriers to eating whole grain bread. Students investigate how to choose and store whole grain breads. They comprehend the protective effects of whole grain bread against heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Take a look at this nutrition lesson which is specifically geared for high school competitive athletes. This is a comprehensive lesson and is worth perusing if you are serious about having your athletes understand how important food is to their performance levels. It's not just about training the body physically, because if they don't eat properly they are more than likely going to run out of energy before the end of the game. It's important for them to know how the different types of foods affects their ability to have sustained performance in their sports.
Plants provide a variety of delicious foods essential for human survival. In the fourth lesson of this series on food science, young scientists investigate common fruits, vegetables, and grains in order to determine which plant part is represented by each. A great activity that reinforces an understanding of plants and raises awareness about the way they help support human life. Conclude with a reading of The Mysterious Marching Vegetables to connect learning about plant life with children's literature.
Students studying healthy habits for older adults, review the concept of whole grains and whole grain foods. They discuss the benefits of eating whole grain foods and discover tips for reading labels and finding foods that are whole grain.
Students investigate whole grains. In this healthy eating habits lesson, students explore whole grain seeds and discuss their nutritional value. Students discover how many servings of whole grains and dairy products are necessary for good health.
Young scholars explore foods with whole grains. In this whole grains activity, students discover foods high in whole grain content. Young scholars determine why whole grains are important in a healthy diet.

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