Assess Health: Where Your Classroom Stands
December 11, 2015
If it’s been a while since you’ve addressed nutrition in your classroom, use this activity to bring healthy eating back in focus with the kids you lead.
Adapted from Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum, Grades 3-5, Lesson 2
Explain that healthy eating means choosing a healthy plate (food from all 5 MyPlate food groups: Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Dairy, Protein) with less of those foods high in fat and added sugar.
Divide kids into teams and give each team 10 or more food cards or magazine pictures (representing a variety of food groups).
Ask the teams to use the cards/pictures to create a meal that has all 5 MyPlate food groups. Provide the MyPlate poster for kids to view.
Ask each team to present the meal they created and explain the ease or difficulty of choosing a meal with foods from all 5 food groups.
Encourage kids to think about and try to eat a variety of foods from the 5 food groups at their meals.