Picky Penelope and the Plate



  1. You will be assigned to a team of 5 students. 
  2. Before you begin, your team needs to choose a team name.  The team name should be food-related and you can make it as silly as you'd like. 
  3. Each team member will then choose one of the five main food groups in the MyPlate guide - grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein.  Each team member must choose a different food group.   
  4. Each team member will then research the food group he/she chose.  You can use the links that begin with "RESEARCH" at the bottom of the page to help with your research.  Before beginning your research, print the "My Food Group Worksheet" and use this sheet to organize the information you find.  You will turn in this worksheet at the end of the assignment.  
  5. Once all team members have finished their research, each member must share what he/she learned with the rest of the team. 
  6. Team members will then print and work together to complete the "Food Group Practice Sheet" and the "What Doesn't Belong?" worksheet.  These sheets will be turned in at the end of the assignment.
  7. Once your research and worksheets are complete, you can begin your final and most important task - creating a one-day menu for Penelope.  The menu should include 3 meals and 2 snacks (breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack and dinner). The menu should meet the MyPlate guidelines for the number of daily servings of each food group.  You may not use any specific food/drink more than once; however, you can use variations of a food/drink.  For example, you can use white milk at one meal and chocolate milk at another or cheddar cheese at lunch and cottage cheese for a snack.  Write your menu on the "Penelope's Menu" worksheet.  Remember, Penelope needs to eat a variety of foods, so be creative and have fun!

         * Check out the "Games" links at the bottom of the page to help you perfect your menu-planning skills.       

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