Friday, March 11

Nutrition


Mercy! It has been a CRAZY week!!!!!! (A good week, but crazy!!!!...)  Can I hear a serious ‘Hallelujah!” for Spring Break?!?!?  I don’t know about y’all, but I cannot wait to get in some jammie time. maybe watch a little Star Trek, read my Bible. It’s going to be FAB-U-LOUS!

So, I know I posted a nutrition book earlier this year, but I wanted to post a few nutrition “extras” because I have nutrition on the brain.  (We're a Title school and healthy habits are not always discussed in the kiddo’s homes so I teach nutrition ALL YEAR. Can you say OBESSESED?!?!) 

With that said, here are a couple of things I use in my classroom. 

I ALWAYS have the kids practice sorting foods into the food groups. Before giving my students a Food Group Food Sort to complete independently, we sort food on the Food Pyramid taped to my floor.

The Taped Food Pyramid. This is the first year I've used the new pyramid. At first I was a skeptic, but now I secretly love it.


Food pyramid labels.
 The kids LOVE this. As for what we sort... I just bring in some old empty (but cleaned!) boxes and cans from home. I secretly call it my "Sort the Trash" activity. HA!

The foods I use. (I.E. My trash)
Each child gets to pick one item to put on the food pyramid. Before placing it in its food group, they have to explain why that food belongs to that food group.

After we sort the foods as a group, the kids complete this Food Group Food Sort independently.

Food group food sort
 
Then, once we finish our “Nutrition Unit”, we revisit nutrition every time we do Calendar by discussing the students’ lunch options for the day. We discuss each food available for purchase and what food group that food would be a part of.  The kids think it’s GREAT. We use magnetic pictures of the food options to create a “Healthy Tray” with many different food groups and healthy items that the kids can use as a model when they load up their tray at lunch.
Wishing You a Happy and Healthy Spring Break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mrs. Thiessen

17 comments:

First Grade Best said...

Thanks so much for the post! I am beginning my Nutrition Unit next week and I'm always on the look out for a new learning activities! Enjoy your spring break! (Our break is still a month away...)
~Michelle
FirstGradeBest

Leslie said...

Love it! Thanks!

Ladybug said...

Love the nutrition stuff! Very cute! Also, I LOVE the new look of your blog! :)

Kinderglynn said...

What a cute activity. I love your graphics too. Where did you get them? I can't wait to do this with my class next week.
Donna

Hadar said...

very cute! I did a food pyramid lesson with my kinders but used the old food pyramid and all of them were like "whaaaat?! we've never see that one before!" man I felt old!

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I wonder... because I never follow a plan or something like that, but I like to eat many vegetables and fish mostly, sometimes I drink beer, eat ice cream or a chocolate, sometimes.. and also soda, but that doesn't mean it's wrong because I also do exercise...

Nutrition Lady said...

A taste-test project would work really well for this age group. I did a taste test of organic vs. non-organic apples to introduce the concept of "What does organic mean?" and the kids absolutely loved it! Here's the lesson plan:
http://nutritionforhealthykids.blogspot.com/2011/04/lesson-1-organic-taste-test.html

Maria G. said...

Hi, I teach first grade as well and I was looking for an activity related to nutrition. I love your activity!!!! You are very creative! I was just wondering which books you read in order for students to really understand how to sort the food. I'm planning to read the book about "Green Eggs and Ham" just to introduce nutrition but I'm sure there are many more well-known books I can use. Thanks!

Shelli said...

Thanks so much for this food group sort. I was dreading making one and now I don't have to! I'm going to be converting it to "My plate"- it is exasperating that they keep changing the way that they talk about nutrition!

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Bonnie said...

Thank you for the cute download. It was just what I was looking for :)

thefirstgradefoodie said...

I can not download your nutrition book and the food sort activity. I would love to use these next week as we are kicking off our Healthy Challenge Week. please let me know if it is possible to get these activities! thanks :) Love your blog!

meg c said...

I just came across your wonderful activity while trying to find images to create my own sort.... THANK YOU so much for sharing this! My kiddos will love this next week.

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Leslie Lim said...


I really like your ideas. I truly appreciate your effort in publishing this article. Keep it up and God bless.

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