- For Teachers -
BC Dairy Foundation: Nutrition Education Workshops and
More info: www.bcdf.org,
Ph 604-294-3775, fax 604-294-8199
Agriculture in the Classroom: Workshops, Summer Institute
for Educators, Teaching Resources, Farm Tour information.
More info: www.aitc.ca,
Ph 1-800-663-7867, fax 604-556-3030
Kids Shop Smart Tours (K-grade 3): An interactive supermarket
tour facilitated by a Registered Dietitian. Also provides teaching guides,
classroom activities, and grade specific materials.
More info: Ph 1-800-448-2118, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Activities for Grades K-3
- Make a Mystery Can by using a round plastic container (i.e. ice cream
or large yogurt container) and a sock with the foot cut out. Tape the
sock to the top rim of the container so that a hand can reach inside
but the contents can not be seen. Place a mystery food in the container
and let students reach in while you ask them questions about its size,
texture, shape, consistency, etc. When everyone has had a turn, let
the students guess the identity of the food.
- Plan a field trip to a dairy farm, beef ranch, or market garden to
learn about how food is produced. Contact ‘Agriculture in the
classroom’ or www.agaware.bc.ca
for help planning the tour.
- Explore different cultures and food. Either:
- Invite student’s family members to share information on
foods from their cultural background. Arrange a tasting party so
students can taste foods from other cultures.
- Have students choose a culture of interest (maybe one they come
from) and present interesting food facts from this culture i.e.
foods commonly eaten, traditional meal preparation methods, and
foods associated with celebrations/festivals.
- Declare it Fruit or Vegetable day. Have students bring in one fruit
or vegetable and present it to the class discussing colour, texture,
taste, and how it is commonly eaten (i.e. raw, cooked etc). How do they
like to eat this food? Encourage the students to sample the food.
- Make a Food Collage. Build a rainbow on construction paper to represent
Canada’s Food Guide To Healthy Eating. Include all four food groups
as well as the Other Foods category (fats, sweets etc). Have students
paste magazine clippings of food on the appropriate band of the rainbow.
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Activities for Grades 4-6
- THE ‘BIG GULP’ ACTIVITY: The concept
is to demonstrate excessive amounts of sugar in these popular products.
One can also initiate a discussion regarding appropriate portion sizes.
Convenience stores will supply you with a sample of the various sizes
of containers to use in your demonstration. This activity can be done
as a guessing game to see what the kid’s perception is. Put teaspoons
or cubes of sugar into a clear plastic cup to show the amount of sugar
in each beverage.
||Cubes or Teaspoons of Sugar
||25 (1/2 cup)
|Super Big Gulp
||32 (2/3 cup)
|Double Big Gulp
||48 (1 cup)
| Jones drink
|Tang/Kool-Aid (1 cup)
|Iced Tea (bottle)
|Sunny Delight (bottle)
|Very large - Mr. Big
|19 tsp sugar; 10 tsp. butter,
and 835 Cal.
- VITAMIN C ACTIVITY: This concept, with Vitamin C
as a focus, demonstrates how we lose food value as we move away from
the original food source, or ‘real food’. You will need
a large mason jar full of beans (red lentils work well) and the various
products listed below. Start with an orange and a full jar of beans,
dump beans out of the jar as you proceed through the products listed
below indicating increased processing, moving further away from the
real food, and therefore losing nutrients such as vitamin C.
||(jar of beans)
||full jar of beans
|100% orange juice tetra pack
||3/4 full jar
||1/4 full jar
- Have small groups of students explore the following web sites in
the computer lab. Students could report back to the class on nutrition
information they have learned.
Food cyber club: interactive learning. Great web site!
Activities/games, recipes, and web links for kids.
Interactive games as well as ‘ready to print’ kids newsletters
and coloring sheets for younger children.
- Facilitate the use of the BC Dairy Foundations Calcium Calculator
found at www.bcdf.org.
Ask for student volunteers to recall their daily food intake. Determine
the amount of calcium consumed and compare to the recommended intake
of calcium. If falling short, have students suggest what foods to add
to increase the amount of calcium consumed.
- Research food guides from other countries. If a particular country
is being featured in social studies, students might find it interesting
to compare typical food habits of the country to Canada’s Food
Guide To Healthy Eating.
- Have students take a grocery tour of various cereal, crackers, cookies,
and snack foods and identify which products are made from whole grains.
Have small groups of students research one grain and identify where
it is grown in Canada and the world, milling techniques used, and products
made from that grain.
- Have students bring a variety of food labels to class. Explore what
nutritional information can be found on food labels and then lead a
discussion on the importance of providing this information to the consumer.
provides a ‘ready to print’ Learning from Labels activity
sheet (worksheet #5).
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Internet Resources for Teachers
Information on Diabetes within the Aboriginal community.
Aboriginal youth network. Offers health information including a Diabetes
Educational kits to download or order for free. Grades 1-4: animated
video, educators guide, and student activity sheets. Grades 4-6: classroom
activities, fun food experiment, classroom poster, and student activity
Offers nutrition workshops and resources as well as teacher web links.
Provides resources and links for teachers, as well as local farms and
ranches open to the public.
‘Ready to print’ kids newsletters and coloring sheets. Provides
interesting ‘fruit facts’ to use in the classroom.
Classroom activities to be downloaded. Resources; teacher updates; nutrition
FAQ’s; and related web links.
Provides ‘ready to download’ Education Kits that include
lesson plans and related activity sheets/ Materials are targeted for
grades 4-6 but can easily be adapted.
‘Ready to print’ resources (puzzles and games).
Test your own nutrition knowledge! Interactive and informative. Ideal
for thirteen years to adult.
Provides lesson plans, nutrition materials and student activities (many
ready to download or print), and teacher education.
‘Ready to download’ teachers guide, which provides a valuables
tool for classroom use of this web site. Teachers guide includes lesson
plans, class activities, and ‘ready to print’ student worksheets.
Also, related web links.
‘Ready to download’ student worksheets; recommended books
and web sites; and teacher education.
Offers books, activities, and handouts for purchase.
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