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This kindergarten lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students that most of the products they use and eat every day come from agriculture.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn that most of our food comes from farms.

Teacher planning

Materials

Teacher background information

Agricultural background information
Document courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Materials

MyPyramid “go fish” cards
Cut along dotted lines and laminate for long-term use. Document courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Handouts

From farm to table
Provided by Nutrition Services Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health and published in the Food for Thought curriculum.
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At the farm
Provided by Nutrition Services Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health and published in the Food for Thought curriculum.
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Pre-activities

Students should be familiar with the mathematical concepts of addition and sorting and should be able to classify objects by one attribute.

Activities

  1. Sing the “Old McDonald” song with students. Ask students if they know that all of their food comes from a farm.
  2. Use the “MyPyramid ‘Go Fish’ cards” to demonstrate different types of foods. Ask students where each food comes from. For example, milk comes from a cow (not from the grocery store); eggs come from chickens (hens). Continue with this activity for all of the cards. For each food, discuss its color, size, shape, and texture. Use the “Agricultural Background Information” teacher resource to discuss the agricultural origins of food.
  3. Distribute and instruct students to complete the “From Farm to Table” and “At the Farm” handouts.
  4. Additional Activities: Plan various field trips for students. See table below for ideas.
    Farmers’ marketsTour a farmers’ market to take in all the sights, smells, and tastes of fresh produce.
    Farms and farm standsTour a farm or visit a farm stand to take in all the sights, smells, and tastes of farm fresh foods. Ask the farmer to talk about the crops or livestock that he/she raises and how the food gets from the farm to us.
    Grocery storesArrange to tour the produce section of a local grocery store. Meet a store manager and have him/her highlight the produce and dairy sections. Sample something new and different as part of the tour.

Assessment

Assessment can be done from the students’ completed handouts.

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Healthful Living (2010)
      • Kindergarten

        • K.NPA.2 Understand the importance of consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages in moderation. K.NPA.2.1 Recognize nutrient-dense foods in a list of foods that are culturally diverse. K.NPA.2.2 Summarize the importance of a healthy breakfast...

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Healthful Living Education (2006)

Kindergarten

  • Goal 4: The learner will apply knowledge and behavior self-management skills to areas of nutrition and physical activity for healthy growth, development, and maintenance.
    • Objective 4.04: Associate common foods with their origins.