The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the USDA Food Pyramid and motivate the students to seek good nutrition.
One Forty-Five Minute Class Period
The learners will:
- respond to The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food.
- discuss prior knowledge about good nutrition.
- identify food groups of the USDA nutrition guidelines.
Show students the book Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Ask them to tell you what junk food is. Find out what they already know about junk food. Ask the students to reflect on the question: “What if you ate too much junk food?” Read the book. After reading, discuss the lesson that the bears learned. Ask the students to raise their hands if they eat well. Ask the students to explain what is wrong with junk food.
Observe student participation in the food group game and in the building (and discussion) of the food pyramid puzzle. You should also assess their understanding from their response to the Berenstain Bears book.
Send a note home explaining that the children are learning about nutrition and that their homework is to pay attention to the elements of their evening meal (see Attachment One: Making Healthy Food Choices Family Letter).
Berenstain, Jan and Stan. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food. New York: Random House, 1985. ISBN: 0394872177
Lesson Developed By:Mary Petro
Today we studied the USDA nutrition guidelines and learned about the different food groups. At your house, you may find copies of the My Plate symbol on boxes of crackers or cereal and other packages. Ask your child to tell you what he or she learned about making healthy food choices.
Tonight, as you eat dinner, discuss the foods that you are eating and relate them to the categories on the My Plate diagram. We will be using the information at school, and the children need to be prepared to discuss the foods from their evening meals.
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