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Lesson 17: Understanding Food Amounts


This lesson helps students recognize healthy food amounts. Students review a list that outlines how much to eat from each food group and recommended amounts for some common foods, while the teacher conducts a demonstration to help them accurately picture these amounts. Then students complete a survey to assess their personal eating habits, review their results against the guidelines for healthy eating, and suggest ways they could improve, if needed. They discuss how their nutrition and eating habits today can affect future health, and then complete an activity sheet to plan a day’s worth of healthy meals that will meet the MyPlate recommendations. They take home a family sheet to help them discuss healthy eating with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Use self-assessment skills to analyze their current eating habits.
  2. Identify the amount of food from each group that a child needs daily.

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • FN-1: Follow a healthy eating pattern that meets individual preferences and needs for growth and development.
  • FN-2: Choose a variety of options within each food group.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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