Food Groups: Dairy

Food Groups:Dairy 

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Objective:   Help children recognize food from the dairy group and their nutritional importance.

Materials:

Lesson:

Read the book then discuss dairy foods:

  • Dairy foods come from the milk of cows or goats.  
  • Milk, cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese are from the dairy group.  
  • We need two to three servings a day. Serving size would be one cup of milk, one cup of yogurt, or 1/3 of a cup shredded or one sliced cheese.
  • Dairy is a good source of protein and calcium. Calcium is a mineral that we need in a lot of. Calcium helps muscle contraction and the nervous system. 
  • Some people have a food allergy to dairy. Soy, almond and rice milk that have calcium added are part of the dairy food group. 
 
Activity:   Sort food groups
  • Make a place for each food group on a table with the children sitting around the table.
  • Show children pictures of food one at a time.
  • Ask is this from the dairy group?
  • What group is it from?
  • Place the picture in the place for that food.
  • Continue until all food groups have several in each pile.

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