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Age Range: Grade 3 through Grade 5 (Elementary)
Overview and Purpose: Students have to make choices every day about what they eat. Helping them think critically about foods is important to encouraging them to have a healthy lifestyle.
Objective: The student will be able to create a mural of healthy food.
Butcher block paper
Talk with students about what types of foods are healthy and how they know they are healthy. (And how they know other foods are unhealthy.) Discuss things like ingredients, the way the food is prepared, and what you can add to the food like salad dressing or cheese.
Have the students create a class mural of healthy food. Encourage them to consider food they might not normally think was healthy. Have them look at how it is prepared and what condiments have been added to it.
You could also have two murals; one that has foods that are always healthy and one that has foods that can be healthy depending on how they are prepared. Students can then add notes to the pictures stating how they should be prepared in order to be considered healthy.