Nutrition Lesson Plans

  • Cross Contamination of Food - It is important for students to know how to be safe when they are cooking. In this lesson students will review what they know about cross contamination and ways they can help prevent it.
  • Healthy or Not Healthy - 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.
  1. Pyramid Matching Game - In this lesson, students have to match the correct food to its place on the pyramid.
  2. Reading the Label - In this lesson, students will learn how to read a food label. They will have to find information about ingredients, calories, and nutrition.
  3. Alcohol and Advertising- Students will identify the reasons alcohol is harmful to your body.
  4. Cooking a Few of my Favorite Things - In this activity, students learn about the nutritional value of foods, calculate the measurements, and prepare a healthy recipe for the class. Then students publish a class cookbook with their recipes.
  5. Fast Food Junkie - Students analyze the nutritional value of their favorite fast food meals and describe alternative choices for these unhealthy foods.
  6. Five Food Groups - Students will differentiate between different types of foods to determine which of the five food groups they belong in.
  7. Food and Nutrition - Students will identify healthy, nutritious foods as opposed to foods with little benefit to their health and be able to create healthy choices.
  8. Food Pyramid - All students will be able to identify and then sort different fruits and vegetables into their correct location.
  9. Food Pyramid Picnic - Teacher and students discuss the food pyramid and appropriate choices for each food group. Students then plan a nutritional meal for a picnic lunch and make a class book. As a culminating event, the class plans and enjoys a picnic.
  10. Good Snack,Smart Snack - After completing a unit of study on nutrition, students work as company managers to design and advertise healthy snacks to sell. A list of ingredients will be listed for each snack and an advertisement will be designed to promote their product.
  11. Investigating the Food Pyramid - Students learn that the food pyramid is an important nutritional tool. They classify foods and compare the number of servings per group that are necessary for maintaining good health by placing empty food containers in grocery bags.
  12. Nutrition Unit - February is Nutrition Month. Several activities for learning about foods and nutrition.
  13. Nutrition with a Smile - This lesson is for Day 4 of the Beacon unit, Wellness Wonders. Students will listen to a literature selection and then play a game about personal health behaviors related to nutrition.
  14. Nutritionist for Hire - Students devise a healthy dietary plan.
  15. Rate Your Plate - This activity is a fun way to teach students to analyze what they eat for one day. The student analyzes the nutrients, calories, and food groups using the USDA CNPP website Interactive Healthy Eating Index.
  16. Salad Factory - Salad Factory allows students the ability to make their own salad and have the salad computer analyze it for the nutritional content.
  17. Snacks 'R Us - Students identify foods that make nutritious snacks. They will analyze snack foods to determine their fat content by completing an experiment.
  18. The ABCs of Healthy Foods - Students make an alphabet book of nutritional foods using the information they learned about nutrition and the value of different foods. Students also taste the foods represented by the letters they wrote about in their alphabet books.
  19. The Food Guide Pyramid - This lesson introduces the Food Guide Pyramid and Daily Guidelines for Americans and allows students to evaluate their current nutritional habits and to create a plan for developing healthy habits to last a lifetime.
  20. What's My Nutrition Value? - Students learn the nutritional value of food and how to read labels on food packages.
  21. Where do Pretzels Come From? - Students will learn about the pretzel and its country of origin.
  22. You Are What You Eat (Middle School) - Students research and prepare 20 cards regarding nutritional needs, obesity, and health issues. Students determine their ideal weights and how many calories should be consumed daily to obtain the ideal weight and/or maintain it.