Lesson

What Are Your Kids Drinking?

Talk with kids about how water and milk are healthy beverage choices. Remind them that healthy drinks are fuel for the body and brain.

Objectives

  • State examples of healthy beverages and explain that they are important fuel for the body and brain.

Lesson Plan

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 (see the Extend the Lesson section of this page) highlights a food group or category, and serves as a great resource to introduce or review the benefits of eating a variety of foods.

For more information on healthy eating, go to ChoseMyPlate.gov.

Set The Stage

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 have a thirst-quenching beverage!

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Captivate

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.

Educate

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?

Activate

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?

Close the Lesson

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.).

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Eat a variety of foods within each food group each day.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

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