K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 6.4
Commercials are made to sell all kinds of products including foods. This lesson plan for the fifth-grade, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, explores advertising and teaches students how to become critical viewers of food commercials.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts and Healthful Living)
Are you on a diet?
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 2
In this lesson, students will examine their knowledge, beliefs, and misconceptions about diets. Using word study and discussion, they will understand diet as a multi-faceted concept.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Science)
By Karina Colón.
Around the world with food
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 1.2
Many traditional foods of different cultures have become staple foods that we eat in the United States, too. In this kindergarten lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, students learn about the MyPyramid food groups and about foods of different cultures.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
Breakfast builds brains
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 3.2
This second-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, stresses the importance of starting the day off right by eating a good breakfast that includes foods from the grains, fruits, milk, and meat food groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living)
Building strong bones and teeth
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 1.3
Dairy products aren't the only foods that promote strong bones and teeth. This kindergarten lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum teaches students about foods that are rich in calcium.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
Cloudy with a chance of... what?
Students will enjoy reading about a town where no one ever goes hungry because the sky provides food while learning about weather and healthy and unhealthy foods.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Science)
By BJ Larson and Paula Sharpe.
The digestive system
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 5.1
This lesson plan for grade four, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students about the digestion process and the organs of the digestive system.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Healthful Living)
Don't forget breakfast
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 4.4
This third-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students that starting every day with a good breakfast helps them get ready for the day by fueling their bodies and brains.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Healthful Living)
Family gardening in rural North Carolina
This lesson for grade one uses a series of activities related to plants and gardening to help students learn about gardening, plant life, families, and making healthy choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Science, and Social Studies)
By Penny Willard.
Fast food frolics
Students will research nutritional guides from local fast food restaurants. Based on this research, students will compare menus for nutritional values and create healthy and unhealthy meal advertisement posters.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Healthful Living)
By Lisa Pastor.
Focus on fruits, vary your veggies
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 2.3
This first-grade lesson plan from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum teaches students how fruits and vegetables grow in gardens, provide nutrition their bodies need, and are naturally sweet and a better choice to eat than sugary foods.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living and Science)
Food and culture
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 6.3
We associate different kinds of cuisine with specific places in the world, but why do people eat what they eat? This lesson plan for the fifth-grade, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, explores world cultures and ethnic groups and the foods in their diets.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts and Healthful Living)
Food choice in our everyday lives
This lesson focuses on everyday foods and how these foods relate to the food pyramid. Students will recognize food vocabulary in the target language (Spanish) and will make healthy food choices by creating thinking maps, a school menu in the target language, and exploring food choices from around the world.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Healthful Living and Second Languages)
By Gina Benson and Laura Epting.
Food labels and serving sizes
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 5.3
By reading the nutrition facts labels on the foods we find in the grocery store, we can make good decisions about which foods to purchase. This lesson plan for grade four, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students how to choose foods based on the information they find on the nutrition facts label, calculate the number of calories from fat found in a food, and understand the difference between a portion and a serving.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Healthful Living and Science)
From farm to table
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 1.5
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.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living)
Fun with fruits and vegetables
The activities will help the student identify, describe, and classify fruits and vegetables and learn how each grows.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living, Mathematics, and Science)
By Suzie Overholt.
Healthy and unhealthy foods: What's the difference? (Part 1)
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 6
In this lesson, students build scientific models to help them conceptualize the energy (calorie) to nutrient ratio provided by various types of carbohydrates, thereby discovering complex carbohydrates and lean protein as being the superior choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Healthful Living, Information Skills, and Science)
By Karina Colón.
Healthy and unhealthy foods: What's the difference? (Part 2)
In I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science, page 7
In this lesson, students will participate in three investigations to discover food sources, as well as advantages and disadvantages of fats.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Healthful Living and Science)
By Karina Colón.
Healthy body, healthy mind
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 6.5
It seems that every year a new fad diet comes along that promises instant weight loss. With all the media hype, students believe what they hear. This fifth-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students that the best way to to stay healthy and lose weight is through good nutrition, portion control, and exercise.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Healthful Living)
Healthy choices: Part I
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 6.1
We all like to eat snacks, but are our choices healthful? This fifth-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students about the food groups, the nutrients that make up foods, and how to make smart snack choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Healthful Living)