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Did you know that food comes in groups?

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Teachers, 

This WebQuest should help you teach your students about health. It is important for students to understand at a young age reasons why eating healthy is important. They need to know about the different food groups. It is our job to help them. I have created a task, process, evaluation, and conclusion for your students to go through. Students will need to work in partners or groups to help make the process of completing the WebQuest easier. Another option would be to complete this as a whole group. You (the teacher) may want to show this through a smart board, since it is for first graders. I have listed the the 1st grade Michigan standards below that are covered in this WebQuest:

Standard I: Core Concepts
1.6 Explain the importance of eating a variety of foods from all the food groups.
1.7 Suggest a food from each of the food groups that could be eaten as a healthy snack.

There are four lesson objectives
  • Students will identify the five food groups (fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, meats, and beans) as well as recognizing oils and foods high in fat, and sugar. 
  • Students will categorize examples of foods into different food groups.
  • Students will explain the importance of eating more foods from some food groups (grains, vegetables, fruits) and only a little from other food groups (especially fat and sugar)
  • Students will describe a health benefit from each food group. 
Process:
Once again, welcome to the WebQuest. The object today is to learn as much as you can about each of the food groups. Click on the sites below to start your learning experience. Lastly, start playing the blast off game! 
Click here to learn more about the different food groups 
When you are done with all three let your teacher know. She will show you examples of food products and you let her know which food group it belongs to. She will also help you complete the quiz. 

This should take about one class period or two hours to complete. It might take a little longer considering how focused your first graders can stay. It might be a good idea to have more than one teacher in the classroom while teaching this lesson or aids. 

Materials Needed:
  • Computers for all the children. Or for each group of partners. 
  • A new MyPryamid for Kids poster (available at http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/index.html)
  • Examples of foods and beverages from different food groups, which could be actual foods, plastic examples, pictures from magazines, or empty food and beverage containers. Make sure to include: 
  1. Cereals (including low sugar and high sugar brands)
  2. Bread, pasta, rice (including some whole grains)
  3. Fruit, juice, fruit snacks, and fruit drinks
  4. Vegetables
  5. Milk, cheese, yogurt
  6. Meat, chicken, fish, beans, nuts, eggs
  7. Healthy oils (olive oil, canola oil)
  8. Processed foods that contain high amounts of fat and/or sugar
  • Pictures representing the healthy benefits of different types of foods (from magazines, web resources, or drawings - see links below)
  1. Energy
  2. Healthy teeth
  3. Healthy bones
  4. Being able to fight infection
  5. Being able to see well
  6. Growing and building muscles
  • Large squares of construction paper representing the different food groups (in different sizes that reflect how much food we should eat from each group.) If possible use different colors that match the new food Pyramid food groups. 
  1. Large Squares (2' x 3'): Grains (Orange), Vegetables (Green), Fruits (Red) 
  2. Medium Squares (1' x 2'): Dairy (Blue), Meats, Beans, Eggs, Nuts (Purple)
  3. Very Small Squares (6" x 6"): Healthy Oils (Yellow), Sugar and Unhealthy Fats (Beige)
Answers to the questions on the conclusion page:
  1. Orange
  2. Green
  3. Red
  4. Yellow
  5. Blue
  6. Purple
  7. Grains
  8. Vegetables
  9. Fruit
  10. Milk
  11. Meat and Beans
  12. So we can grow up to be healthy
You will know if the students understand the information taught in this lesson if they can answer the questions on the conclusion page. You will also know if they answer the quiz questions. You can also test the students knowledge by their coloring and labeling on the worksheet you handed out. Please make sure to use the rubric located on the evaluation page. 

This WebQuest should help you teach your students about health. It is important for students to understand at a young age reasons why eating healthy is important. They need to know about the different food groups. It is our job to help them. This WebQuest with assignment should help complete this task. 

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