The activities listed below provide links to other areas in the curriculum.
- Draw pictures of different foods in each category and try to think of interesting foods. For example, for the fruit group, draw mango and kiwi. For the bread, cereal, rice, and pasta group, consider putting in barley, couscous, and bagels.
- Encourage each student to work with an adult at home to develop a health log for 1 week. The log should include specific information about what the student eats each day, what he or she does for exercise, and what time he or she goes to sleep at night and wakes up each morning. At the end of the week, have each student bring his/her health log in and share it with the class. How are the logs different? How are they similar? What can students learn from reading the logs?
- Bring in food labels from several common foods, such as cereal, crackers, cookies, and juice. As a class, discuss what information they include. What can students learn about the ingredients in the food? What can they learn about the nutrients the food contains?
- Bring in a map and have each student point out where the food is from and why it is commonly eaten in that part of the world. If possible, have an international food festival, with students and their parents bringing in foods that students researched and discussed.
- Have each child learn about a particular dance or exercise he or she can share with the class. Each of the students can teach the rest of the class one move from the dance or exercise. They can do this at home for more exercise.
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NIDA. (2009, September 1). Brain Power: Grades K-1. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-power/brain-power-grades-k-1