Pre-K and Kindergarten children eat what looks good to them and what they know. We hope that by educating them to the various food groups that we will give them the tools to make healthy food choices.
New York State PreK-K Health Education Learning Standards:
1.2.1. Identify that healthy behaviors affect personal health.
2.2.1. Identify how the family influences personal health practices and behaviors.
5.2.1. Identify situations when a health-related decision is needed.
6.2.1. Identify a short-term personal health goal and take action toward achieving the goal.
7.2.1. Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
7.2.2. Demonstrate behaviors that avoid or reduce health risks.
- Learn about the food pyramid
- Learn the basic food groups
- Understand the relationship between food, nutrition, energy and a healthy body
Lesson Plans for this Unit
My Colorful Plate
Give each child a piece of white paper with a large circle drawn on it. This circle is the plate. Tell the children that you want them to make a colorful plate. Remind them that a colorful plate is the healthiest plate. Ask them to draw or use magazine cutouts to create a healthy and colorful meal on their plate. Have all the children gather in a circle and share their plate with the group or a friend.
- Eat Healthy, Feel Great By William Sears, Martha Sears, Christie Watts Kelly
- Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You! All About Staying Healthy by Tish Rabe
- Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell
- Staying Healthy: Eating Right (The Library of Healthy Living) by Alice B. McGinty
- Being Active (Healthy Eating With My Pyramid) by Schuh
- Staying Healthy: Personal Safety by Alice B