Breakfast: Part 3 of the Healthy Kids Challenge Way to Teach MyPlate to Kids

July 7, 2011

Breakfast GO Power is one of the HKC Healthy6 messages, and matches up with MyPlate key messages teaching kids to increase certain foods, such as whole grains and dairy. Teach Breakfast GO Power to kids using this lesson titled MyPlate, My Planning Tool. Utilize MyPlate and food pictures to help kids hear, see, and practice the lesson.

MyPlate, MyPlanning Tool (Lesson 3: Grades 3-5, Balance My Day)

Outcomes: This lesson meets HECAT standards:  1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 7.10

Materials: MyPlate poster, Balance My Day Food Cards or food pictures cut from magazines, paper and pencils

Sample Discussion Point
MyPlate is a reliable source for information and a tool for healthy eating choices and meal planning. There are 5 major MyPlate food groups. There isn’t any one group that gives us all the nutrients our body needs. It takes a variety of foods from each group for good health.

Sample Discussion Question
Look at the MyPlate symbol as you discuss the questions:
For breakfast meal planning, nutrition experts often recommmend choosing a complete breakfast from at least 3 of the 5 major MyPlate food groups. From which 3 food groups would you choose?

Activity:

Pre-Prep: Have Balance My Day food cards available and visible for kids to get menu ideas.

1. Divide students into 5 teams, and give each team a sheet of paper and pencil.

2. Ask each team to:
a. Create, with at least 3 foods from the 5 major MyPlate groups, 2 healthy breakfast menus. The breakfast menus should be something they would eat and they think their friends would like, too.
b. Use adjectives to describe and make their menu item sound good.

3. After creating the menus, have each team present the menus to the rest of the group.

Move and Learn

1. Divide students into 5 teams.

2. Explain teams will be running a relay. Each kid on a team will pick up a food card that represents one of the 5 major food groups. The goal is to use the cards to build a healthy plate.

3. Set the food cards in an easily accessible place, a distance away from the teams.

4. As they pick up their cards “relay style”, call out different movements (baby steps, giant steps, step like a duck). Kids waiting in line for their teammate can walk in place.

5. With 5 cards in hand, have teams build their plate on the floor in MyPlate food group order.

Summary

MyPlate is a reliable source of information and a tool for healthy eating choices and meal planning. There are 5 major MyPlate groups. There isn’t any one group that gives us all the nutrients our body needs. We need to choose a variety of foods from each group for good health.

Balance My Day

These are just sample parts of Lesson 3 – the sample lesson activity and the Move and Learn activity are from p. 43 in grades 3-5 Balance My Day Nutrition Education Curriculum. The worksheet, student assessment, discussion points and questions, and answer key are available for your review, along with school nutrition services and Taste and Learn activities supporting this lesson. Learn more on the Balance My Day Nutrition Education Curriculum page, or contact us with questions.

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