Elementary School Nutrition Curriculum

DINE in the elementary schools has 5 different age-appropriate curricula.

*** Disclaimer: The curriculum is available to the public, but it is highly recommended that it be taught only by Registered Dietitians, recognized experts in the field of nutrition. While the lessons may seem simple and self explanatory, questions that arise during lessons should be addressed by a trained professional to provide participants with the most accurate and up-to-date nutrition information.

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Lessons

MyPLATE, MyBODY: Students learn what it means to be healthy through food, exercise, and mindful eating. They learn that no shape or size is better, and that being healthy is about how we feel, not look. 

FOOD GROUP LESSONS: Each lesson, students learn about foods in each group, where those foods come from, and why each group is so important for our bodies.


3rd Grade Lessons

MyPLATE, MyBODY: Students are introduced to MyPlate's 5 healthy food groups and learn how to have a healthy body and mind. They learn that no shape or size is better, and that being healthy is about how we feel, not look.

BODACIOUS BREAKFASTS: Students learn what makes up a healthy breakfast and why it is so important to eat a healthy breakfast.

POWER LUNCH AND DINNER: Students focus on the importance of variety in food choices and how to power up with healthy meals.

SUPER SNACKS: Students learn that snacks are important for growing bodies, but should be low in added sugars and mostly whole foods.

RETHINK YOUR DRINK: Students investigate healthy beverage alternative to sugary soda and other "liquid candy."


4th GRADE LESSONS

MyPLATE, MyBODY: Students are introduced to MyPlate's 5 healthy food groups and learn how to have a healthy body and mind. They learn that no shape or size is better, and that being healthy is about how we feel, not look. 

NUTRIENT SUPERHEROES: Students explore the essential nutrients (and their super powers) found within the 5 healthy food groups on MyPlate.

NUTRITION DETECTIVES: FOLLOW THE CLUES: Students learn how to investigate the nutrition facts label and follow the clues to the healthiest foods for their bodies.

NUTRITION DETECTIVES: FIND THE MESSAGE: Students explore the different types of media that make up a kid's food environment. They learn to decipher messages found in food ads.  

NUTRITION DETECTIVES: WHAT'S REAL? Students learn how to distinguish whole (real) foods from processed foods and discuss the nutritional and environmental impacts of both.

5TH GRADE LESSONS

MyPLATE, MyBODY: Students are introduced to MyPlate's 5 healthy food groups and learn how to have a healthy body and mind. They learn that no shape or size is better, and that being healthy is about how we feel, not look.

GO FOODS & NUTRIENT DENSITY: Students learn the difference between nutrient density and energy density and how to balance energy intake and energy expenditure.

BALANCE YOUR PLATE: Students explore the concepts of variety, moderation, and balance. They learn to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger. 

MyPLATE, MyCHOICE: Students discuss why we eat. They will explore individual, social, and environmental influences on food choice.

MyPLATE, MyPLANET: Students are challenged to think about how food choices affect the environment. They learn what their role is in the food web. 

Lessons from Previous Years

GOODBYE GERMS: Students learn how to be safe and hygienic when handling food. 

SUPER SNACKS: Students learn the difference between GO snacks and SLOW snacks.

BREAK THE FAST: Students learn what makes up a healthy breakfast and why it is so important to eat a healthy breakfast.


Food Groups: Students explore MyPyramid and learn how to choose healthy foods from each food group everyday.

Food Safety: Students learn ways to keep their food safe: hand washing, handling food safely, and storing food properly.

Grains Group: Students learn about whole grains and how to choose whole grain foods to provide their bodies with energy.

Fruits & Vegetable Groups: Students learn about eating a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables to get the different nutrients their bodies need to stay healthy.

Dairy Group: Students learn how the foods in the Milk Group provide their bodies with with calcium to help build strong bones and teeth.

Protein Group: Students discover that foods in the Protein Group come from both plants and animals and also learn about heart healthy foods in this group. 

Breakfast: Students learn why breakfast is the most important meal of the day and discover some creative ideas for eating a healthy breakfast. Older students learn how to read and use the information on the Nutrition Label.

Healthy Snacks: Students learn that snacks are important for growing bodies, but should be limited in sugar and fat.

4th - 5th Grade Curriculum

MyPlate and Nutrient Superheroes: Students explore the essential nutrients found within the five food groups of MyPlate.

Label Reading: Students learn to decipher the nutrition facts label and learn methods to choose healthy foods.

Carbohydrates: Students learn to distinguish between sugar, starch, and fiber with an emphasis on identifying whole grain foods.

Fats & Healthy Snacks: Students learn about the relationship between a diet high in saturated and trans fat and chronic diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.

Protein: Student explore the world of animal and plant proteins, highlighting lean choices for heart health.

Vitamins & Minerals: Students learn about the roles vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron play in the human body.

Energy Balance: Students learn that a calorie is a measurement of energy and how to balance energy intake and energy expenditure.

Rethink Your Drink: Students investigate healthy beverage alternatives to sugary soda and other "liquid candy."



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