Leo leads an active life. As a type 1 diabetic, his nutritional needs demand added scrutiny. At every meal, a pump delivers insulin into Leo’s body and a monitor tracks his blood glucose level. Because the body processes nutrients in different ways, Leo analyzes foods for their protein, fat, and carbohydrate contents.
This classroom resource is a lesson plan for teaching students about healthy eating. The lesson begins with an activity in which students consider two plates of food: one composed of healthy choices and one composed of less healthy choices. Students then learn about the importance of nutrition, watch a video about healthy eating habits, and discuss the role of fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. Next, students investigate snacks and learn about the difference between "every day" and "sometimes" foods. They watch a video about how to choose healthy snacks and then participate in an activity that challenges them to make healthy choices while preparing a plate of food for a friend. Finally, students learn about where to find both "every day" and "sometimes" foods.
This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.
Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands-on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity in staying healthy.
This is a free classroom resource from PBS LearningMedia. Students watch a video to learn how to cut their sugar intake.
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.