Students will uncover how a dairy farm works and why eating foods with plenty of nutrients is crucial.
- Integrate information from multiple sources
- Practice reading and creating charts
- Farm to Table: Milk’s Journey to You! Student Magazine printable
- Index cards or sentence strips
- KWL charts or blank paper, one sheet per student
- Digital or print resources about nutrition
- Family Take-Home Page: Recipes printable
- Optional: Super Nutrients! Trading Card Activity printable
- Make class sets of the Farm to Table: Milk's Journey to You! Student Magazine and Family Take-Home Page: Recipes printables.
- Review nutrition information at ChooseMyPlate.gov so you can answer student questions and guide discussions.
- Before beginning the lesson, direct students to visit their school lunchroom, make a list of the foods being served, and hold on to food wrappers and milk cartons for use in class.
Step 1: Inform students that we are beginning a short unit on how the food we eat arrives on our plates and how the nutrients in food are essential to our bodies functioning properly. Discuss the following questions:
- Why is it important to eat a variety of foods? Which types of foods should be eaten frequently?
Nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy.
- Which foods should be eaten infrequently?
Step 2: Have students use the nutrition labels they collected or a safe search tool to find the nutrients in the foods and beverages served in the cafeteria.
Step 3: Generate a list of key words that students have found (such as calorie, protein, vitamin A, guar gum, etc.). Ask which words students can define and which need research. Create a collaborative Word Wall using index cards or sentence strips. Students can add to the wall as they learn.
Step 4: Explain that students will now explore what different nutrients do for the human body. Have students set up a KWL chart (Know / Want to Know / Learned) and direct them to fill in the first two columns.
Step 5: Distribute the Farm to Table: Milk's Journey to You! Student Magazine printable and have students read the back cover. After reading, students should break into small groups to discuss what they learned and what surprised them. Students should fill in the “Learned” column of their chart.
Step 6: Have a representative from each group share the group’s findings with the class. Encourage students to update their KWL charts based on what they hear during the presentations.
Step 7: Instruct students to save the magazines for the next Farm to Table lesson.
Extend the learning about nutrients with a fun research project! The Super Nutrients: Exploring How the Human Body Uses Nutrients From Foods Lesson Plan, part of the Farm to Table: Literacy, Math, and Nutrition Activities Unit Plan, asks students to complete research in small groups, teach the class what they learn, and create Super Nutrients trading cards to summarize the information.
Send home copies of the Family Take-Home Page: Recipes printable and encourage students to cook healthy snacks and meals with their families.