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Lesson 2

Foods that Help me Grow: Vegetables


Lesson 2 begins the series of lessons discussing the food groups and MyPlate. We discuss the different characteristics of vegetables, give children opportunities for exploration, and help them understand why they are needed in the diet in order for their body to grow.

Learning Objectives

  1. Vegetables come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes.
  2. I need to eat different colored vegetables to help me grow and stay strong.
  3. I can take bites of different vegetables

This lesson includes:

  • Recommended book and materials list
  • Lesson overview:

    • Background information for teachers
    • Lesson objectives
    • Circle time discussion points and questions
    • Follow-up lesson questions
  • Circle time cards – 5 discussion picture cards with real-life images that will help teachers discuss key lesson objectives with students
  • Activity song (lyrics are sung to a popular tune) – I Love Veggies
  • Activity 1: Build a Class Rainbow

    • Group Activity
    • Activity instruction and images to build your rainbow
  • Activity 2: I Can Eat a Rainbow of Vegetables

    • Individual Activity
    • Activity instructions, printable, associated activity materials
  • Activity 3: Vegetable Explorers

    • Group Activity
    • Activity Instructions
  • Activity 4: Counting Carrots

    • Individual Activity
    • Activity Instructions and printable
  • Movement Activity: Food model race

    • Group Activity
    • Activity Instructions
  • Movement Activity: Broccoli, Broccoli, Tomato

    • Group Activity
    • Activity Instructions
  • Family Take-Home Sheet
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