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Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts

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

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.

Publications and Educational Resources - Fruits & Vegetables  (Y,M,O,T)
From the Virginia Cooperative Extension

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.

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

Nutrition Blog Posts

20 Topics for a Nutrition Unit Study

20 Topics for a Nutrition Unit Study Nutrition is an ideal homeschooling topic for the 10 – 14 year olds in your family or homeschool co-op. These middle years are an excellent time to go into more depth about what we eat and how it affects our health and growth. Tweens and early teens are especially interested in the changes brought by adolescence, and nutrition is a “safe” topic where kids can think about how their current choices affect their future. Read More »

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