Lesson

Think Your Food

Teach kids about healthy snack choices.

Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to self-assess food choices and seek help when needed.

Lesson Plan

The lessons in this unit present the four parts of fit—recharge, mood, food, and move—and how they connect and support a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn that having a fit mindset is about having enough energy and the motivation to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. 

Set The Stage

Ask students to name their favorite snack foods. Make a list and put a 😊 by the healthy choices. If a student names a snack food that is not healthy, let them know that the food is okay to eat once in a while, but it's not a good idea to eat it for every snack, every day.

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Captivate

Food is Fuel

Ask students to identify the fit snack choice as you progress through the slides. Refer to the Eat More, Eat Some, Eat Less food chart if needed.

Explain that fruits, vegetables, milk, and water are some of the best fuel for their bodies. These foods make great snack choices!

Educate

Think Your Food

Explain that food is fuel for your body. What you eat and drink for meals and snacks is important! Healthy food choices give your body nutrition and energy. You can use a stoplight as a tool to help you think your snack choices.*

  • Eat more green-light foods.
  • Eat some yellow-light foods.
  • Eat less red-light foods. 

*Refer to the Eat More, Eat Some, Eat Less food chart for different food choices.

Check for understanding: Name some healthy snack choices.

Activate

Think Your Snack

Students plan a healthy snack using the My Healthy Snack printable.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned why what you eat and drink for a snack is important. Remember to use a stoplight to help you think about your snack choices. Eat more green-light foods, eat some yellow-light foods, and eat less red-light foods!

Next, we will learn about choices we can make to recharge our energy.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Use self-control and impulse-control strategies to promote health.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Practice Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Standard 8: Advocacy

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

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