Day 1-Food Plate and Food Groups:
- Brainpop video on Body Weight. Excellent transition from Body Image to Nutrition and also leads to great discussions about differences in body size.
- Food Group Discussion. Have the students discuss the five food groups and discuss the food plate. Draw a very large food plate on the board (see picture). Next, we handed out sticky pieces of various foods to each table group. They had to sort the pieces of food at their table and then bring them up to the board to stick in the correct food group.
- Discuss the foods in each section and talk about the basics of what each food group does. (ex: protein-builds and repairs muscles).
- If there’s time end with this little video reemphasizing healthy choices:
Day 2: Cafeteria Observation
Now that the kids know and understand the basics of the food groups, we’re going to put their knowledge to the test! They are going to head over to the cafeteria to make some observations. Before we go over, each child will get the Cafeteria Observation handout, a clipboard and a pencil. Go over the sheet prior to heading over to the cafeteria. If there are no students in the cafeteria when you go over, have the students think about what the 6th grade students ate for lunch that day.
Come back and have a discussion about what they saw. Often times they have great ideas about changes that could be made to the cafeteria.
Day 3: Food Guidelines Around the World
Food messages around the world are changing every day. Today we are going to do a little research about what people are eating around the globe and how it compares to your daily diet. Watch this video clip about breakfast around the world and see how it compares to your daily breakfast and notice the differences amongst the countries.
Now take a look at this at this slideshow about school lunches around the world. When you’re looking at the pictures, think about how the lunches compare to your lunch and which lunches you wish were served here at SAS!
Now, you’re going to learn more about why people around the world consume the foods they eat by looking at the food and dietary guidelines all around the world. Here is the link to the most recent Food Based Dietary Guidelines around the world. Our hope is that you can make our cafeteria a place where students are able to put into practice the messages they learn:)
Below is your note-taking sheet that will help you with this project:
We are also going to be looking if you’re able to find and locate valid, resourceful information through your note taking sheet. Take a look at the rubric to make sure you’re on the right track and using all the skills you’ve been taught to locate these resources.