Use a game to reinforce healthy food choices.
Talk with students about the idea that food is fuel for their bodies. “Food” refers to what you eat and what you drink. The lessons in this unit use a stoplight as a tool to help students think about their food choices:
It's important that kids understand that some foods provide you with more nutrition than others. Check out the Eat More Eat Some Eat Less Food Chart for examples. For more information about the nutritional benefits of foods and different food groups, read Food is Fuel.
Play a quick game of Red Light, Green Light or have kids explain how the game works.
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Use Games to Teach Healthy Food Choices
Play a new version of Red Light, Green Light. Choose a game leader to toggle slides back and forth.
Think About Healthy Food Choices
Stoplights make a fun move game! They can also be used to help you think your food:
Check for understanding: How will you use a stoplight's colors to choose your food?
Home-to-School Connection for Healthy Food Choices
Print copies of the Eat More, Eat Some, Eat Less food chart for students to take home and post on their refrigerators. Encourage them to talk with their family members about healthy eating choices.
Option: Print the fit Food Word Search for kids to find healthy foods hidden in the puzzle. Encourage kids to create their own healthy food word search!
Today we played a game that helped us think about nutritious food choices. Next we will learn about nutritious snacks.
Time: 20 Minutes
Show kids how making healthy choices can cause a chain reaction of feeling good and making more healthy choices.Start Lesson
We make choices all day long. Let’s help kids identify times during the day when they make choices and practice giving reasons why they made certain choices.Start Lesson
Help kids think more carefully about responsible decision-making. Introduce the idea of making a choice because it's good for your body and brain.Start Lesson
Help kids understand that self-awareness can help them to make healthy choices.Start Lesson
Position kids to make better choices by teaching them about the benefits of resting, having a positive mindset, eating healthy foods, and engaging in physical activity.Start Lesson
Teach kids to think about making healthy choices and the importance of doing so.Start Lesson