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Lesson 18: Water and Other Healthy Drink Choices


This lesson reviews the importance of drinking water for health. Students read about and discuss the reasons the body needs water to be healthy. They are presented with pictures of different beverages and analyze which are healthy choices that meet the healthy foods rule of not being too sugary sweet. They complete an activity sheet by reading a story about a third grader, explaining when and why it would be important for her to drink water during the day, and assessing their own water drinking habits.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify nutritious and non-nutritious beverages.
  2. Describe the benefits of drinking plenty of water, including before, during and after physical activity.
  3. Assess and make a plan to maintain or improve their water-drinking habits.

Time: 35 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • FN-6: Drink lots of water.
  • FN-7: Avoid sugary drinks.
  • PA-4: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after physical activity.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.2: Demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
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