Lesson

Tips to Help Kids Make Healthy Snack Choices

Teach kids strategies for making it easier to choose healthy snacks, such as having go-to appealing options in mind and planning ahead.

Objectives

  • State examples of healthy snack choices to fuel the body and brain.

Lesson Plan

Food is fuel for the body. Food is what you eat and drink to give your body energy to move and think. Rather than simply classifying foods as good or bad, encourage children to stop and think then choose the best fuel (foods that supply nutrition and energy, rather than empty calories). For more information on healthy eating, go to MyPlate.gov.

Set The Stage

Ask students to share healthy food and beverage choices they’ve made at home since your last lesson. Ask follow-up questions to encourage them to share about how those choices made them feel.

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Captivate

What Do You Know About Healthy Snacks?

Students take a quiz about snack choices. They show their answers by standing on their right or left foot. Be sure to let your students know that they can use thumbs up or thumbs down if they don't feel comfortable with hopping on one foot.

Educate

Learn to Make Healthy Snacks for You and Your Friends

You can make healthy snacks and drinks the easy choice.

Activate

Practice making Healthy Snack Choices

Encourage making healthy snack choices by asking students to draw a snack choice using My Healthy Snack printable. For example: crackers, fruit, and cheese make a healthy snack.

Close the Lesson

Have students share their healthy snack ideas with partners or the whole group. Ask if anyone heard about a new snack food they’d like to try. Compliment them on having healthy snack options in mind and comment that this makes choosing healthy snacks when you’re really hungry a lot easier!

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core concepts-Healthy Eating
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

Play the fitGame, Fuel Tag.

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