With what seems to be a fast food joint on every corner, it's more important than ever that today's students learn value of good health and nutrition. Browse our lesson plans to find resources for your classroom.
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Food Plate Game Grades K-5
A healthy lesson plan posing as a fun game!
Submitted by: Patricia Pruim - Iskut, BC
Dinosaur Eggs Grades K-3
Lesson Summary: Hide small dinosaurs in homemade dough eggs to break open after hardening.
1 cup flour
1 cup used coffee grinds
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand
Tempera paint or food coloring
Procedure: 1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients into a dough.
2. Remove the dough form and knead it on a floured surface.
3. Hide small dinosaurs in the center of the dough and allow dough to dry in a warm place for 2-3 days.
4. When dry, the dough will look and feel like a rock.
5. Break open the rock with a small hammer to reveal the dinosaurs! These great eggs aren't edible!
Submitted by: Brenda BCasto6513@email-removed
Five Senses Grades PreK-2
This lesson plan uses the Brave Little Monster.
Submitted by: Ken Baker ken@email-removed
Fast Food Nutrition Unit Grade 3-5
Lesson Plan Summary: Make a meal from a fast food restaurant, and use nutrition charts to make healthier choices.
One thing I love to do in my nutrition unit is to get some Nutrition Charts from a restaurant like McDonald's. Without showing the charts to my class, I tell the kids to write down what they would order if I took them to McDonald's and they could order whatever they wanted. I tell them to be reasonable and only order what they would really eat, but other than that I don't restrict it. Then I have them look up the calories, fat grams, and milligrams of sodium in each item. They have to list the information in a little chart they draw in their journals. They add up the numbers to find the TOTAL calories, fat grams, and milligrams of salt in the meal. You should see their faces when they start adding it up! Then I have them try to plan a more nutritious meal at McDonald's. They realize that portion sizes are important - you can order a small fries if you have a craving for fries - you don't have to super size it! You could also do this activity with breakfast items.
Submitted by: Laura Candler candlers@email-removed
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Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Find great ways to help keep children safe.
Teaching Health or science -- great site for little videos and more. Colorful cartoon like website. Very education but Fun!
Dole Nutrition Program Grades Any
Check out Dole's website that offers teachers free nutrition education activities and materials. Order yours today!
Educational Resources in Health, Nutrition, and Personal Planning Grades Elementary
A comprehensive list of great nutrition resources.
USDA Healthy Meals
Guide to Daily Food Choices FoodZone Nutritional lesson and experiments.
Months of Edible Celebrations Grades Any
Find cooking projects month-by-month.
The Food Timeline Grades Any
A very unusual timeline -- History of Food.
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