Studying the Food Pyramid

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Science, Life Science

Grade 1- 3


In this lesson students:

  1. explore a food pyramid.
  2. give examples of foods from the different food groups.
  3. complete a food pyramid puzzle.
  4. navigate their way around a Web site.


  1. Using pictures from magazines, children can make charts showing examples of food from the different food groups.
  2. Children can record the foods they eat over a day. They can then categorize the foods into the five food groups. The results can be compared to the suggested food intake given on the food pyramid. Children can then create menu plans so that they are eating healthy diets.
  3. Children can investigate the eating habits of their family members by surveying each family member about their daily diet. The children can write reports on the family members with suggestions about how they could improve their diets.
  4. Have a cooking day at school. This could involve planning a menu, writing a shopping list and purchasing the ingredients from the local supermarket before the actual cooking day. The children will have the opportunity to practice many everyday skills, such as balancing a budget, measuring ingredients, following a procedure, working and communicating in small groups, and food presentation. Parent help may be required for this activity.


  • computer with Internet access
  • pencil or pen
  • copies of student work sheets

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