Daily Lesson Planning
- Using "Eat right and exercise," explain a healthy diet. Use the rhyme, “Eat more from three and four,&rdquo (fruits and vegetables); to spark discussion of the value of different food groups. With children’s input, make a list of the foods from each of Spot's grocery bags, based on initial and final sounds.
- Implement “Eat right and exercise” (BB 64).
- Lead a discussion about the importance of exercise. Ask students how exercise can help them (for example, it helps them stay fit, it makes them strong, it lets them have fun with others, it makes them happy). Ask students what types of exercise they enjoy most. Have students draw a picture of themselves doing their favorite exercise activity.
Choose from the following:
- Implement “Writers listen for letter sounds” (BB 65).
- Using the words and information gathered from the activity, have children make up healthful, yummy lunch menus. They may use pictures and/or words for their menus. Share these menus with your school cooks!
- Give each student a piece of scrap paper and a pencil, and lead the group to a place where they can observe other students at recess (either through windows or on the playground itself). Have students observe the many ways others are getting exercise. Ask students to write down as many kinds of exercise as they can see. Back in your classroom, lead a discussion about the types of exercise they saw, and which types students like best.
- Guide individuals or small groups in an interactive writing of recipes for special foods. First list the ingredients; then list the steps for making the food. These recipes can be illustrated and bound into a class “cookbook.”
- Discuss and make a class book about different kinds of bread. (If available, read the book Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris.) Implement "Prizewinning Bread."
- Implement "My ‘Yes, Please’ and ‘No, Thanks’ Foods."
- Place the children in small groups, supplying each group with trail mix ingredients, measuring cups, and a plastic bag. The group must make a bag of trail mix out of ingredients such as pretzels, cereal, raisins, peanuts, and other dried fruit. (List the names of the ingredients on the chalkboard, or have children find the words on the packaging.) After they take turns adding ingredients to the bag, help groups to write the recipe for their trail mix.
- If possible, involve students in food-preparation projects—making popcorn, applesauce, cornbread, baked potatoes, or fruit salad. Before making the food, talk about the recipe. Afterward, check to see if you followed it.
- Talk about how the children can apply what they’ve learned to their daily eating habits and exercise routines.
- “Dine out” in the classroom by implementing "A Plate of Food."