Talk with kids about how water and milk are healthy beverage choices. Remind them that healthy beverages are fuel for the body and brain.
The lessons in this unit help kids to understand that food is fuel. Food is what you eat and drink to give your body energy to move and think. Rather than classifying foods as good or bad, encourage children to stop and think, then choose the best fuel (i.e., foods that supply nutrition and energy, rather than empty calories).
You can extend a lesson with videos from the fit video series, What Food Does for Your Body. Each video highlights a food group or category, and serves as a great resource to introduce or review the benefits of eating a variety of foods. See the Extend the Lesson section of this page for a list of videos.
For more information on healthy eating, go to ChoseMyPlate.gov.
Check in about children’s Healthy Food Hunt assignment from the last lesson. What healthy foods did they find at home? Ask students what beverages they spotted at home.
Ask children, “What does it feel like to be thirsty?” Work together to describe thirst (scratchy, dry throat; hot; hard to swallow, etc.). Then talk about what it feels like to quench that thirst with water!
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Learn About Different Kinds of Milk
Milk can be made from soy, rice, or nuts, such as almonds. Poll your students to learn what kinds of milk they drink.
What Is a Healthy Beverage?
Explain that milk and water are healthy beverage choices that power the body and brain. Water is the best choice to quench thirst!
Check for understanding: What drink choice is the best fuel when you are thirsty?
Make Healthy Beverage Choices
Challenge students to think of their bodies as rockets.
What will they choose to drink with their next meal? What about with their next snack?
Over the next few days, make it a point to celebrate water as a healthy and thirst-quenching beverage choice. If you don’t have a good system for allowing students to drink water when they are thirsty while they are in your classroom, work with your students to establish one (e.g., keeping reusable water bottles in cubbies, noting good times of day to visit the water fountain, etc.).
Time: 20 Minutes