The Food Pyramid: What Should I Eat?

A balanced diet is a smart diet! Help scholars make balanced food choices with a lesson plan that encourages looking at the nutritional information. Following a KWL chart, a presentation looks closely at the food pyramid and the types of food found in each group. Participants color a food pyramid that can later be a placemat. Pairs complete a vocabulary practice page. Small groups work collaboratively to create a menu that offers a variety of balanced choices. A reflection leads pupils to revisit their KWL chart to bring the lesson plan to a close. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Examine the school's lunch menu, decide if food choices make a balanced meal, challenge learners to list any necessary changes
  • Invite the districts' food service professional to speak to your class about their job and what steps they take to ensure everyone eats a balanced diet 
  • Encourage learners to help meal-plan with their parents or guardians
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider food allergies and sensitivities before bringing in food
  • Focus your language on using words such as balanced instead of healthy versus unhealthy since food allergies, sensitivities, and access to food is not equal 
  • Take note of any individuals that speak negatively about eating habits or their body, be sure to address the topic appropriately, invite the school nurse if necessary 
  • Making smart eating choices is a skill learners can practice now and in the future 
  • Activities for pairs and small groups boost language skills 
  • Menu building allows for creativity 
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