Created by McKay Morgan

"completed as part of the requirements for El Ed 4050 Fall Semester, 1999, Jay Monson, course instructor, USU"

This unit was devised to teach students through an integrated curriculum the subject of Nutrition. Through subjects such as math, music, language arts, art, science, and social studies students learned the importance of Nutrition in each.

  • Math. Students learned division with fruit, milk carton measurements, chart and food graph intake, metric measurements with food, and percents of food from each food group.

  • Music. Students learned to sing songs such as On Top of Old Smoky, Fast Food, Little Brother Vegetable, ABCD Energy, as well as creating their own songs and raps.

  • Language Arts. Students read books such as The Empty Pot, Stone Soup, and Strega Nona, along with activities like making a recipe for their own stone soup, purple cow, the charting and making of a poem of their dislikes and likes, and other writing activities like "What if?", and "What Am I?"

  • Art. Students explore the world of Nutrition by creating pieces of art with fruits and vegetables as their paint brushes, food posters from labels, building cows from old milk cartons and creating bulletin boards.

  • Science. Students look at all of the things that food gives us like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, nutrients, minerals, and water. They will also participate in activities such as packing their own lunch, growing a plant, and the tastes on the tongue.

  • Social Studies. Students explore the world and the foods that other cultures eat, and how they eat those foods (chopsticks, hands, etc.), visit local food/bread mills, dairy farms, or cheese factories, and also learned how to set the table.

Nutrition Mini-Lesson

Objective: The focus of this mini-lesson is to create the awareness of the food pyramid and what foods are found in the categories of this pyramid.


  1. Book from the list (i.e., Yum, a Tale of Two Cookies)

  2. Pencils

  3. Crayons

  4. Glue sticks

  5. Desktop pyramid worksheets


  1. Ask the students what they know about food and if they are healthy or not

  2. Have the students explain what we need to do in order to keep our bodies healthy and strong

    • Eat foods from all of the groups

    • Get plenty of rest

    • Exercise

  3. Draw the food pyramid for them on the board

  4. Discuss each group and how much we need to eat each day

  5. Show the children how to create their own desktop pyramid

  6. Allow them the time needed to make their own pyramid

  7. Send note to parents home with them so they can bring labels of food for our big wall poster on the food pyramid

  8. Review the groups of the food group


Precut and fold some of the pyramids in order to save some time and frustration with some of the students. Make a list of the food groups in Spanish for the ESL students.

Assessment: Discussion with the children as a review before they finish to see if they remember and understand what is important in maintaining a healthy body.

Nutrition Mini-Lesson

Objective: Students will come to a conclusion of their study of the food guide pyramid and its groups by reviewing all the groups by creating a meal that includes all the groups.


  1. Tape

  2. Scissors

  3. Labels brought in by students

  4. Page that you create that has a large plate and cup on it

  5. Sheets that have representations of all different kinds of foods on it


  1. Post the remainder of any food labels that were brought in by the students

  2. Quickly review all of the food groups and how much we must eat daily as first graders

  3. Explain the sheet that has the plate on it

  4. Have the students take the sheet and create a meal that is not only some of their favorites but also one that has something of every group on it.

  5. Monitor the class to check for understanding and answer any questions they might have.


If students are unable to think of some foods, provide them with photos to look at so they make sure they get all of the groups. Work with the ESL students so they understand what is being asked of them.


Students will present their meals to the class and that is when I will be able to see if they have understood all of the groups. Also while they are working on it I will be walking around and watching them.

For more information on Nutrition or Health lessons or ideas, please check this web site for additional help: or

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