Eating Healthy / Food Groups

Eating Healthy / Food Groups

Objective: Children will learn about nutrition and food groups.

Materials:

  • Paper plates

  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils.

  • Magazines with a large variety of pictures of food.

  • Simple pictures of foods from each food group (protein, fruit, vegetables, grain and dairy).

  • Scissors

  • Cardstock

  • Suggested book:

      • Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z  by Lois Ehlert

Preparation:

  • Make a “plate” by cutting a large circle. Draw lines dividing it into four parts (as shown in picture). Label each of the food groups in each section: fruit; vegetables; grain; protein. Make a glass representing the milk or just make a smaller circle, label it “dairy”. Put them on the bulletin board.
  • Draw lines on paper plates dividing them and labeling each section in the same manner as above.

  • Draw and label with “dairy” a picture of a glass of milk (or a smaller circle) printed on cardstock.  (You may want to print several on one sheet.)

Lesson:

  • Read the book(s) then discuss while showing pictures.
    • Discuss each of the food groups and some of the foods that fit into each category.
    • Discuss sweets and foods that are unhealthy and should be avoided or limited.
  • Have the children sort the pictures into the 5 different food groups.

Activities: 

My plate bulletin board

  • Have the children find and cut out pictures of a food from each group in the magazines, then glue them to the large plate on bulletin board.

My plate

  • Have the children draw a food from each group on their paper plate.
  • Write what the children drew under their drawing.
  • Have the children cut out the milk, then staple the “milk” to the top right edge of the plate.

More info, tips, and resources can be found at www.choosemyplate.gov

Note:  This lesson can be taught in 6 lessons, one for each food group and a review on the 6th day.  Work on the bulletin board plate each day with each food group, then on the review day do the paper plate activity. 

It is also fun to have a food experience with each food group.  Some ideas are to have the children bring something to add to the fruit salad, nut cups, vegetable soup or tray, etc.

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