Preparing Balanced Meals Teacher Resources
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A Well Balanced Meal
Students are given paper plates and pictures of food. They are to glue the foods they would eat that would make a balanced meal.
Recipe Planning, Meal Preparation and Service
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.
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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.
Catching a Balanced Diet
First graders explore the importance of balanced meals. They play a fishing game to help them select foods to make up a balanced meal.
À Votre Sant?: A French-Language Unit on Nutrition
Students discover the basic nutritional information for different foods. In this nutrition lesson students classify items, identify what a balanced diet is and determine what recipes are healthy.
Second graders plan meals. In this healthy living activity, 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.
Fun With Food
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.
Health, Health, Hurrah!
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.
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.
M & M Cafe
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.
Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
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.
Be A Nutritional Entrepreneur
High schoolers 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?"
A Balanced Diet
Students determine which healthy foods comprise a well balanced meal. Using a checklist, students classify foods as healthy or unhealthy. This lesson is intended for students acquiring English.
Students study the nutrients found in foods and the food pyramid. In this investigative lesson students will plan a seven day menu built around the food pyramid.
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.
Delicious Dinners by Jr. Chefs
Students create a protein-rich dinner. In this nutrition lesson plan, students brainstorm foods that are rich in protein. Students make burritos and identify the color of meat when it is cooked thoroughly.
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.
A Visit to the Grocery Store
Students write a menu, obtain needed recipes, make a grocery list, select coupons, and calculate the cost of each item minus the amount of the coupon. They calculate the cost of the entire meal.
Nutrition & You
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.
A Delicate Balance
Students investigate energy balance equation for five fictitious middle school students by using an energy balance clinic scenario.