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Hooray for Healthy Foods

Give me a B---for Broccoli! Or Berries! Or Bananas! Students share their favorite recipes for healthy foods with classmates.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Ask students what is their favorite good-for-you food? Find out more about why it is healthy, and how nutritious foods are important as part of a stay-fit lifestyle. Then prepare to share tasty, diverse recipes for yummy dishes. This classroom banner campaign is sure to call attention to smart eating!
    2. Cut construction paper into a large banner with Crayola Scissors. Students draw a picture, write the name of a favorite healthy food, and decorate the banner using Crayola Washable Markers.
    3. Students use Crayola Model Magic® to mold a 3-D replica of their healthy food. Make your own colors of Model Magic by adding marker color to white modeling compound. Knead it into the desired color. Glue the replica to the banner with Crayola School Glue.
    4. On lined paper, students write a recipe made with their healthy food. Choose one that’s a family heritage favorite or a new recipe. Students glue their recipe to the banner and share information about the food with classmates. Display the banner in the cafeteria, hallways, or other public places to inspire healthy eating!
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

    LA: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text.

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    SCI: Use multiple sources to generate and communicate information about the size, stability, and specialization of groups animals may form, and how different types of groups may help the members survive in their natural habitats.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! by Edward Miller; The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons; Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

    Invite a local nutritionist to speak with the class about healthy eating and the pitfalls of failing to eat healthy food. Prior to the meeting have students compose interview questions for the expert. After the visit, students post learning to a class blog.

    Students investigate the connection of routine exercise to living a healthy life. Is healthy eating enough to keep you healthy?

    Comple student-family healthy food recipes into a book format. Have students word process their recipes and illustrate each recipe using Crayola Colored Pencils. Make color copies of each page and organize copies into book format. Have students create original covers for their copy of the recipe books.


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