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Lesson Plans
Eating Right: Healthy Choices
Objectives Objectives
  • Identifying healthy foods and unhealthy foods
  • Sorting and classifying a variety of foods into the appropriate food groups
Materials Materials Needed
Introduction Introduction

Read aloud The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Have students identify which foods in the book are healthy and which are not. Chart their responses on chart paper or on a whiteboard.



  1. Give each student a copy of the MyPlate graphic organizer, a set of food pictures, scissors and glue.
  2. Using the graphic organizer and food pictures, model an example of each food choice and the food group it belongs in.
  3. Instruct students to cut apart the pictures and sort them into the appropriate food group on their graphic organizers. (You may wish to precut the food pictures for younger students.)
  4. Invite students to explain their choices. Ask students why they put foods in certain food groups.
  5. Have students select one food from each group to glue onto their plates. Reinforce correct responses and redirect mistakes as students share. (For example, students may place the peanut butter picture in the vegetables group, but the best choice would be protein.)

Independent Practice Independent Practice

  1. Make several copies of each nutrition puzzle and cut out the pieces. Explain to students that each puzzle shows a type of food and where it comes from.
  2. Prompt students to select three puzzle pieces that belong together. (Depending on the age/ability of your students, you can keep the pieces for each puzzle together or separate them.)
  3. When students have put their puzzles together, review each picture and reinforce the relationship of the pictures to one another. (For example, say, “A cow makes milk, and milk is used to make ice cream!”) Reinforce nutrition concepts by asking students which of the puzzle foods are healthy (milk) and which are not (ice cream).

View the preschool–kindergarten lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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