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Lesson 5

Foods that Help me Grow: Protein


Protein foods are used help make muscles, tissues, and other important parts of the body. They are also a food that preschoolers can be hesitant to eat. Lesson 5 helps preschoolers learn the different types and sources of protein foods, understand how they help the body grow, and encourages eating protein everyday.

Learning Objectives

  1. Protein foods come from both plants and animals.
  2. Protein foods are needed to help me grow.
  3. We need to eat protein foods everyday.

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) – Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Two group activities with book recommendations and necessary printables.
    • Going Fishing
    • Green Eggs
  • Two individual activity with book recommendation and necessary printables
    • Sources of Protein
    • Counting and Sorting Beans
  • Two movement activities
    • Egg-cercises
    • Bean Bag Toss
  • Family Take-Home Sheet
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