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by Mary Ann Kelley

Homeschool resources about nutrition

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Lesson Plans for The Power of 3: Get Healthy with Whole Grain Foods  (Y, M)
This school-based curriculum available from the University of Minnesota Extension Service is designed to increase intake of whole grain foods by elementary school students in grades 3 to 6.

MyPyramid for Kids  (Y)
A child-friendly version of MyPyramid designed for 6-11 year olds.

Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ Materials  (Y)
PDF sticker book and guidelines for ages 6-8 from the

Nutrition 2: Good Food, Good Health  (Y)
Explore ways in which food provides energy and materials for our bodies. Grades 3-5

Nutrition 1: Food and the Digestive System  (Y)
Students learn about the digestive system. To begin to explore where nutrients come from, as well as their importance for particular tasks in the body. Grades 3-5

Nutrition 3: Got Broccoli?  (Y)
In this lesson, students are asked to look critically at the advertising claims of foods they eat, recognizing those that ascribe unrealistic, emotional, or psychological benefits to foods, rather than nutritional benefits. Students will then create an original advertising campaign for a "forgotten" vegetable, presenting compelling, factual information about the nutrients found in these foods and the benefits derived from them. grades 3-5

Global Breakfast  (Y)
Students explore the concept of global interdependence by investigating the origins of the foods they eat. Students will recognize the fact that many of the foods they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They will speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop. Grades 3-5

Healthy whole grains  (Y,M,O,T)
Selection of grain resources from the Kansas State Research and Extension Office

Akamai Backyard  (Y,M,O,T)
Akamai means intelligence or common sense in Hawaiian and reflects the attitude of using the natural resources found in your own backyard to learn while doing. The folks at Akamai Backyard say they are "Helping to heal our planet, one backyard at a time."

Food Detectives Fight Bac  (Y,M)
From Food

Food Safety Education For Kids & Teens  (Y,M,O,T)
Be Food Safe Activity Book, Food Safety at Home Podcasts, Food Safety Mobile Game and more.

Fruit and Vegetable Publications  (Y,M,O,T)
From the CDC.

The MyActivity Pyramid  (Y,M)
Form the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the UNiversity of Missouri Extension

Staying Healthy  (Y,M)
Find out how to take care of your body, eat healthy, and stay fit!

Learn to be  (Y,M,O,T)
With, students can play cool health science education games and activities, explore interactive webquests, and learn ways to make their body strong and healthy. LearntobeHealthy's web-based kits meet many National and State Education standards and make health education fun. - Move, Eat, Learn!  (Y,M,O,T)

MyPyramid Blast Off Game  (Y,M)
An interactive computer game where kids can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity. "Fuel" tanks for each food group help students keep track of how their choices fit into MyPyramid.

Food Is Elementary  (Y)
Food is Elementary (FIE) is a unique and vibrant curriculum introduced into schools and communities that teach children about food, nutrition, culture, and healthy living.

Apples  (Y,M)

Cereal grains  (Y,M)
Students will learn the basics about cereal grains. They will learn the main seven types of grains, the nutritional value found in cereal, and they will cook with a grain.

The whole grain guide  (Y,M,O,T)
lesson on what whole grains are and the health implications of avoiding them

Harvest of Fear  (M,O,T)
If you are including lessons of health and nutrition in your homeschool, don't miss this PBS website about the controversial topic of genetically modified (GM) foods. There is an accompanying teacher's guide for educators linked at the bottom.

Dairy Council of CA  (T)
Online interactive games for everyone; free resources for educators in CA

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