A healthy, balanced diet is extremely important for the growth and development of a young student. With this lesson, which introduces the five food groups using the USDA My Plate recommendations, students will gain the information they need to make healthy food choices whenever they get a chance. Though many young students may not have a choice in the meals they eat each day at home, they should still gain an understanding of the importance of making smart meal choices. This lesson features an abundant amount of resources related to the five food groups including great videos, worksheets, and interactive activities for those students with Internet access.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask: What are the differences between the foods you eat?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the five food groups.
- Distribute Food Groups content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair the students. Distribute food store flyers, scissors, and glue. Give students sufficient time to complete the work. Circulate through the room checking for understanding.
- Once completed with the activity, allow pairs of students to share one or two of the food groups and choices with the class.
- For the activity questions, the students may answer on their own or allow the responses to be discussed aloud. Review the food flyer prices with the class.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. Review instructions. The students will write the foods eaten over a full 2-day period (6 meals plus in-between food items). They may receive help from a family member.
- Once completed, during class time, check and review if students wrote in the correct food groups.
- Discuss the results with the class. Ask: How many items were in each of the food groups? Which food group had the highest/lowest number? How many items did not fit in one of the food groups?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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