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First graders explore the importance of balanced meals. They play a fishing game to help them select foods to make up a balanced meal.
Pupils are given paper plates and pictures of food. They are to glue the foods they would eat that would make a balanced meal.
Learners 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.
Second graders plan meals. In this healthy living lesson, 2nd graders review the food pyramid and the five food groups. Students create two balanced meals and one unbalanced meal and make pictures for each meal.
Students 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 create balanced meals. In this healthy eating lesson, students work in groups to create two balanced meals and one unbalanced meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They draw each of these meals and present them to the class. 
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.
Help your youngsters learn the basics about food groups, healthy eating, and balanced meals as they feed bears, prepare penguins for a party, and help a group of animals make magic potions. 
Students discover the basic nutritional information for different foods.  In this nutrition activity students classify items, identify what a balanced diet is and determine what recipes are healthy. 
Examine food choices and the nutritional properties of food groups with this visually appealing whole-class lesson plan. This will take a bit of preparation, but once you do it, you can use the materials for years. Using a food groups poster and a blank "my plate" poster (pictured, but not included), learners observe healthy proportions and food group ratios. You place cut-out images of food on the large plate poster, then allow students to draw food and a drink on their own "plate."
Middle schoolers work cooperatively to plan a meal, calculate the cost per student, and host a lunch for their class members. They create a menu, take orders and serve the meal.
Third graders analyze nutritional information. In this healthy eating lesson, 3rd graders analyze the nutritional information on fast food menus. In groups, students create a healthy meal and an unhealthy meal based upon their findings.
Third graders explain the importance of eating healthy food. In this health science lesson, 3rd graders construct a balanced menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They create a collage about it and share it with the class.
Learners 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 make a Thanksgiving meal based on the nutrition of the colony they were assigned. In this nutrition lesson plan, students' parents come in to taste the food after the students explain their colony to them.
Students examine data supporting the increase in health risks due to obesity. They write letters to their future selves giving strategies for maintaining a healthy weight in adulthood by maintaining an appropriate energy balance.
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.
Students research and define nutrition. They choose a definition of nutrition or a nutritional theme around which they design a restaurant. This activity helps students answer the question "What is a nutritionally balanced meal?"
High schoolers determine which healthy foods comprise a well balanced meal. Using a checklist, students classify foods as healthy or unhealthy. This lesson is intended for high schoolers acquiring English.
Students determine food groups and design a balanced menu plan. In this food pyramid lesson plan, students use the VisualThesaurus to write a definition of each food group and find foods in each group, then use this information to plan create a balanced diet plan for one day.

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