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Bring students together prior to snack time or lunch and ask them what healthy, or nutritious, foods are. Allow students time to offer their opinions. Write their ideas on a classroom white board. Once students have exhausted their ideas, review the white board list with students to ensure all responses focus on healthy foods.
Introduce students to the website for USDA Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children. Invite students to review the My Plate PDF for pre-schoolers. Ask students if they can name healthy foods that fall into the categories of grains, protein, vegetables, and fruits. Ask why daily is a category separate from the plate.
Using pages of recycled magazines with food pictured, have students create two piles of pages. The first pile will consist of pictures of nutritious foods; the second pile will consist of pictures of unhealthy foods. Peers check student accuracy.
Provide students with a template of a dinner plate, similar to the one illustrated on MyPlate.gov. Challenge students to use Crayola Crayons or markers to illustrate a healthy example of each sub-category on the plate. Peers check student healthy choices.
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People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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