Students will know what My Plate is and what it looks like
Students will understand the purpose of a balanced diet
Students will recognize healthy serving sizes of different food groups
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Intro to My Plate (Grades 1-3) – RI.2.7, RI.2.5
FIT FAMILY books to read at home with parents and younger siblings
- The Food Parade by Elicia Castaldi
- I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
- To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda
- Maisy Goes Shopping by Lucy Cousins
- Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
Intro to My Plate, What is a Balanced Diet?, Design a Day of Meals, and Let’s Stay Active! comprise the Core 4, and serve as an introduction to the F.I.T. Club Curriculum.
Consider sending home a letter explaining to parents that the class will be studying nutrition and exercise as a part of the next unit, since students will be examining components of healthy meals and developing personal exercise plans.
- Choose My Plate
- Let’s Move!
- Staying Healthy @ KidsHealth.org
- American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Living @ healthychildren.org
- Harvest Calendar for Rhode Island
- Sustainable Food Laboratory
- Wholesome Wave
- What’s In Season? at CookingLight.com
- Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
- PBS Kids Fizzy’s Lunch Lab
- CDC 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report
- CDC Adult Obesity Facts and CDC Obesity Maps
- American College of Physicians Patient Brochures and Guidebooks
- IRA/NCTE Read Write Think
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
Butterworth, C. (2011). How Did that Get in my Lunchbox? The Story of Food. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Castaldi, E. (2013). The Food Parade: Healthy Eating with the Nutritious Food Groups. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
D’Amico, J., Drummond, K. (1999). The Healthy Body Cookbook: Over 50 Fun Activities and Delicious Recipes for Kids. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
De Laurentiis, G. (2013). Recipe for Adventure Naples!. New York: Grosset and Dunlap.
- This series of books by the chef Giada De Laurentiis includes Paris!, Hong Kong!, and New Orleans!
Eamer, C. (2012). The World in Your Lunchbox: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods. Toronto, Ontario: Annick Press.
Integrated Marketing Services.(2012). Fresh Produce Guide: 300(+) Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs. Apopka, FL: Integrated Marketing Services.
Kessler, D. (2013). Your Food is Fooling You: How Your Brain is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
Macaulay, D. (2008). The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Leedy, L. (2007). The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day. New York: Holiday House.
Miller, E. (2008). The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! New York: Holiday House.
Reid, M., Reid, A. (2012). Portion Size Me: A Kid-Driven Plan to a Healthier Family. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Brown, S. with Vaughan, C. (2009). Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. New York: Avery.
Lehr, S. (1991). The Child’s Sense of Developing Theme: Responses to Literature. New York: Teachers College Press.
Louv, R. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Obama, M. (2012). American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York: Crown.
Oliver, J. (2008). Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals. New York: Hyperion.
Pappas, C., Kiefer, B., and Levstik, L. (1999). An Integrated Language Perspective in the Elementary School: An Action Approach, Third Edition. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.
Pollan, M. (2013). Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. New York: The Penguin Press.