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Healthy Snacks vs. Junk Foods

Subject Area

Health Education


K, 1, 2, 3, 4


This is a sorting activity from PBS LearningMedia.  Students identify healthy snacks and junk foods in this sorting activity.  Students will collect and cut images from magazines, newspapers, and grocery flyers and sort them into three categories:  green (foods high in protein, fiber, and other nutrients), yellow (foods with moderate levels of fats, sugar, or refined carbohydrates), and red (junk food).  The students will associate each color with the colors of a traffic light - green for go, yellow for slow, and red for stop.  Foods in the green category can be eaten in an unlimited amount, foods in the yellow category can be eaten sometimes, and foods in the red category should be eaten only once in a while.  

This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.

    Health Education (2019) Grade(s): 3

    Discuss the consequences of possible choices when making a health decision.

    Health Education (2019) Grade(s): 4

    Compare unhealthy and healthy eating patterns, including eating in moderation.

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