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Second graders explore the importance of balanced meals and healthy foods. In this nutrition lesson, 2nd graders read and discuss Gregory the Terrible Eater. Students give examples of balanced meals using the 5 food groups and construct a food pyramid. Students work in groups to create balanced meals.
Learners investigate the food pyramid and how to plan and eat a well balanced diet. They identify the foods on the food pyramid, and draw a picture of a balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Next, they discuss the types of food they eat at home, and create their own food pyramid.
Students are able to employ simple equipment and tools to gather data. They are able to understand how various foods contribute to health. Students are able to recognize foods that constitute a balanced meal. They understand that a variety of vitamins and minerals are needed to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Students examine methods needed to survive in case of an emergency. They prepare meals that require no cooking, examine what is necessary for an evacuation bag, identify shut-off valves for utilities, and develop emergency contact lists. They review an emergency readiness checklist and create a personal emergency plan.
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.
Middle schoolers 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, they discuss whether being a vegetarian is healthier than not.
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 examine the Food Guide Pyramid as they look at balanced diets. In this Food Guide Pyramid lesson, students choose a food to add to a classroom Food Pyramid, put it on an index card, and place it on the chart. They use the school breakfast and lunch menus to examine their value. They print out pictures of foods to place on a paper plate to simulate a balanced meal.