Village Table

Lesson 7

Foods that Help me Grow: Using MyPlate


The five food groups include vegetables, fruit, grains, protein, and dairy. All five food groups are important and contain different nutrients that are needed for growth and development. The MyPlate graphic that teaches us how to prepare our plates so that we are regularly eating foods from each group every day.

Learning Objectives

  1. The five food groups are vegetables, fruit, grains, protein, and dairy.
  2. We need to eat foods from all five food groups every day.
  3. The foods from all five food groups work together like a team to help our body grow.

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) – MyPlate Hokey Pokey
  • Activity 1: My Own MyPlate

    • Individual Activity
    • Activity instructions, printable, and food image sheets for activity
  • Activity 2: The Missing Food Group

    • Group Activity
    • Activity instructions and food image for activity
  • Activity 3: Food Group Chain

    • Individual Activity
    • Activity Instructions and printable
  • Activity 4: MyPlate BINGO

    • Individual/Group Activity
    • Activity Instructions, BINGO cards, and BINGO sheets
  • Movement Activity: Food Group Challenge

    • Group Activity
    • Activity Instructions
  • Movement Activity: Hidden Puzzles

    • Group Activity
    • Activity Instructions and activity images
  • Family Take-Home Sheet
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