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A Bunch for Lunch

  • Directions

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Provide students with a template of a dinner plate, similar to the one illustrated on 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.
  • Standards

    LA: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

    LA: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

    LA: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

    SCI: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Children's book: Candy Andy and the rainbow dinner (Happy Motivated children's books Collection) by Yonit Werber; Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell; Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat; I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child; The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons; Spriggles Motivational Books for Children: Health & Nutrition by Jeff Gottlieb

    Invite a local nurse or physical education teacher to visit and speak with the class about eating a healthy diet. Prior to the meeting, students generate questions for the guest. After the meeting, students discuss what they have learned through the experience. Write their learning experiences on a piece of easel paper and post it on a bulletin board in the classroom.

    Students use Crayola Crayons or markers to illustrate their favorite food to eat as a snack. Students may also attempt to label their illustrations with the correct term for the healthy food. Assist students with spelling as needed.

    Using a small white board and Crayola Dry Erase Markers, ask students to illustrate foods that they believe are healthy. As a check point, each student will ask his peers to name his food and give a "thumbs up" for a healthy food; a "thumbs down" signals a food that is unhealthy.

    Students create a plate of food, similar to the illustration. Students illustrate foods that they would put together for a balanced meal. Take the plate home and discuss healthy eating with parents and siblings.


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