Students learn about nutrition and practice sorting foods into food groups.
- Grades: 1–2
- Unit Plan:
Students will learn about food groups and nutrition.
- Listen to a book.
- List prior knowledge of foods and nutrition.
- Sort foods into food groups.
- Identify foods by listening to clues.
- The Edible Pyramid, Good Eating Every Day by Loreen Leedy
- Staying Healthy: Eating Right by Alice B. McGinty
- This Is the Way We Eat Our Lunch by Edith Baer
- Chart paper or an Idea Web (PDF)
- Magazines containing many food pictures
- Large index cards
- Basket, bowl, or can (Either use one for the whole class or have one for each team.)
- Food Pyramid game board (PDF)
Set Up and Prepare
- Find magazines containing many food pictures.
- Make copies of the Food Pyramid (PDF) game board handout.
Step 1: As a group, list what the children already know about foods and food groups on chart paper, an Idea Web (PDF), or a blackboard.
Step 2: Read Staying Healthy: Eating Right by Alice B. McGinty aloud to the class. As you read, discuss the types of foods in the food groups.
Step 3: Read The Edible Pyramid, Good Eating Every Day by Loreen Leedy aloud to the class. Talk about pyramids and food pyramids. List other foods that would go in each food group as you read the book.
Step 4: Have the students cut out pictures of foods and glue them on small tagboard cards. They should write the name of the food under its picture and clues describing the food. One clue should refer to the food group. For example: A picture of an apple would have the word apple written under it. Some clues might be: It is red. It grows on a tree. It is in the fruits group.
Step 5: When a student completes a card it is placed in a basket. I like to use a picnic basket. I have each student complete at least three cards making sure that they are from different food groups.
Step 6: When the food cards are complete, give each student a Food Pyramid (PDF) game board. I have the students work in groups or teams to complete their game board.
Step 7: Draw a food card out of the basket. Read the clues. If the team guesses the food, they color in a circle on their game board. If they do not, another team is allowed to guess. Continue until the students have "eaten" all the servings from each food group.
Read This Is the Way We Eat Our Lunch by Edith Baer. Explore and write about foods from around the world.
How well do the children understand the food groups and nutrition? How many students needed help writing? Did the children understand how to play the game? What was the most difficult part of this lesson? What was most successful?
Teacher observation will assess student participation in listening to the book and for completing the three cards, which identify foods from the correct food group.