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Food Pyramid Relay Race

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to...
  • understand the structure of the USDA food pyramid
  • understand reason for different size stripes on the usda food pyramid
  • utilize the usda food pyramid to identify food groups and recommended number of daily servings from each group

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Other

Time Needed:
45 minutes
Standards Addressed:
  • health standard 6: understand the essential concepts about nutrition and diet.
    • benchmark 1: classify foods and food combinations according to food groups.

Materials Needed:
  • access to chalk and chalkboard or poster board
  • three by five index cards, or cereal box cardboard cut into three by five rectangles, or lar
  • Magazines 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Permanent marker (optional) 
  • Magnets or masking tape 
  • Food Pyramid Cards 
  • Food Pyramid Basics worksheets 
  • Blank Food Pyramid worksheets

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf FoodPyramidBasics.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf FoodPyramidGrainGroup.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf FoodPyramidRelayRace.pdf
Located in: Health

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