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While student teaching in the Spring-Ford School District, I had the opportunity to teach health.  Below is one example of a nutrition lesson: 

Understanding the Food Pyramid                                     April 18th, 2008


Lesson Rationale: Good nutrition and a balanced diet will allow a child to grow up healthy and strong. It is important for children to understand what it means to eat healthy foods at an early age because it will help them make healthy choices in the future.


PA State Standards: 10.1.6C, 10.2.6B


Anticipatory Set: Write a series of lists on the board including a list of three different beverages, three different vegetables, and three different breakfasts.  Ask students to rank the items in each list from the healthiest to the least healthy. Ask students t explain their rationale. (Examples: raw spinach, canned corn, mashed potatoes with butter)


Materials: Food Pyramid Poster

                  Daily Food Log Worksheet (attached)

                  Food Group Worksheet (attached)


                  Supermarket circulars

                  Construction paper, glue, scissors





To review how to read and understand the food pyramid

Lead a class discussion on the basic concepts of the food pyramid. Ask guiding questions such as, “Which food group should you eat the most foods from?” and “Why are there stairs on the side of the pyramid?

-Class participation

-General knowledge of food pyramid

-ability to name an exercise activity


To make a healthy menu plan for one day

-Ask for a volunteer to read the lunch menu.

-Write the menu choices on the board and put the food in groups as a class.

-Divide students up into pairs and give each pair a supermarket circular.

-Have the students plan a menu for an entire day using a variety of foods from different food groups.

-Students should cut foods out of circular and paste them onto construction paper.

-Correct placement of lunch menu food into groups











-Students will present menus to class.

-The menus should include foods from all five groups


Adaptations: For the first activity, the students can form groups and chose a food group and think of 3 foods that would fall into that group and rank them from the healthiest to the least healthy.


Assignment: Students will record what they eat on either Saturday or Sunday on the Daily Food Log sheet. 


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