Counting aloud, students move around in a circle, substituting multiples of "5" with healthy snack foods.
Students will identify a variety of healthy snack foods.
- Ask the students to stand in a large circle with enough room between them to stretch both arms out without touching anyone else.
- Next, ask them why it is important to eat a variety of healthy foods (because each different type of healthy food does something different and important for our bodies).
- Then, ask or tell them the five food groupings and give them examples of snack foods in each (see below).
- Explain that they are going to play a warm-up game. Tell the students they will jog (hop, slide) around the circle.
- You will pick one student to begin counting. That person should say “1.” The group should continue counting clockwise around the circle one person at a time to 50 as they move.
- Any time someone is supposed to say a multiple of five—5, 10, 15, etc., that student should replace the number with a healthy snack food. For example, 1-2-3-4-apple-6-7-8-9-popcorn.
- Explain that the object of the game is for the group to get to 50 without making a mistake. If one person forgets to name, or repeats, a snack food then everyone has to go back to the beginning and start over.
- Play the game. Encourage them to mention healthy snack foods from all five food groupings.
- If you wish to challenge the class, randomly call out different food groupings and tell them to only name foods within each grouping.
If a student names a food or drink high in fat or added sugar, gently guide her or him to come up with a healthier choice.
Children should be encouraged to eat foods from each of the five food groupings everyday. These groupings are:
- grains (whole grains are healthiest)
- milk and milk products (low-fat milk and milk products are the healthiest choices)
- meats, beans, and nuts
Healthy (“Energy”/“Go”) Lunch Foods From Each of the Five Food Groupings:
- Grains—whole grain breads, tortillas, pretzels, English muffins
- Fruits—bananas, apples, oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, cherries, tomatoes, grapes
- Vegetables—celery, broccoli, carrots, snap peas
- Meats, beans, and nuts—tuna fish, turkey, grilled chicken, hummus, cashews, almonds, pistachios, peanut butter
- Milk and milk products—low-fat or skim milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese
Less Healthy (“Empty”/“Slow”) Snack Foods and Drinks:
Related National Standards
Further information about the National Standards can be found here