Do your students understand how to read food labels? Probably not the students in K-1, so it would be best to provide them all with an activity in which they cut out labels from foods and drinks, such as cereal, soda, candy, and macaroni and cheese etc. Through this activity, students will be able to identify what's healthy and unhealthy, which will ultimately help them make good food choices now and in the future.
Pinterest is a great resource to use when looking for creative activities to do with your students; teachers can do research on specific areas/topics to gain ideas for activities. In fact, if you have a younger group of students, you can have them draw the food pyramid or play a game where they put the right portions of fake food on a paper plate.
Creating a healthy eating plan can be a fun task for students, even the picky eaters. With this lesson, students will learn how to build a customized eating plan. This activity will give students a better understanding of the food groups and provide them with a plan that they can use daily.
Most Americans love fast food, but don't understand how hazardous too much fast food can be. The Diary Council of California provides readers with statistics/graphs pertaining to correct portions in comparison to severing of fast food restaurants. This article will bring awareness to students, and teachers can do an activity where students compare different food options sold in the store compared to those served at fast food restaurants.
In this class, the teacher's main goal should be to bring awareness and help students understand that they have to make healthy decision when eating because these decisions can have a major impact on their quality of life. An activity that a teacher can do with this lesson is to have students create a menu, pick the best options on the menu, and then explain the reason for their selections; this can be an individual or group activity.