Grade: Elementary
Subject: Phys Ed

#727. Nutrition

Phys Ed, level: Elementary
Posted Mon Nov 30 22:03:08 PST 1998 by Janna Elder ( and
Food Pyramid
W.T. Henning Elementary, Sulphur,LA USA
Materials Required: Book-Berenstein Bears and Too Much Junk Food,Chart paper and marker,copy of food pyramid,magazines a
Activity Time: 1-2 45 minute lessons
Concepts Taught: Recognizing good food choices

TLW - distinguish between healthy foods and junk foods.
- understand the need for healthy food choices.
- create a food pyramid in a cooperative group.

PROCEDURE: Introduce the Food Pyramid. Have a poster and/or use an internet site that has a picture of the pyramid.
Discuss how the pyramid works and the need for a balanced diet.
Brainstorm and come up with several Healthy Foods and several Junk Foods. List the foods on a chart.
Read the story The Berenstein Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan and Jan Berenstein.
Discuss the story. Ask questions about the food choices. Add foods in story to the chart. Relate the Healthy Foods to the Food Pyramid.
Divide the class into cooperative groups.Give each group a poster with the pyramid on it. Have each group find pictures of food to illustrate each section. Display the posters upon completion.
As a reward for working together and learning about foods have a healthy food snack available.

EVALUATION: Observation of students working in groups.The completion of the food pyramids.
Listening to discussions of food choices. Listening to discussions of what we need to have good food choices in our diets.

MATERIALS:Book:Berenstein Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan and Jan Berenstein.
Chart Paper and Marker
Picture of Food Pyramid
Food Pyramids for groups to complete
Magazines and newspapers
Scissors and Glue
Healthy Snack such as apple slices and peanut butter


I am submitting this lesson as a requirement for a graduate level course at McNeese Stae University in a Health and Human Performance Class that stresses the use of the internet.