Elementary School

Nutrition Education with Visual Food Models

This guide was designed by registered dietitian nutritionists to make it easy to teach nutrition as a stand-alone topic or as part of core curriculum subjects such as math or science. The guide includes food model cutouts, as well as lesson plans, games, and activities for using the Food Models as teaching tools.

Fizzy's Lunch Lab

“Fizzy’s goal is to provide an informative overview of food and nutrition topics with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Lunch Lab will provide practical and positive examples of healthy eating and regular exercise within the framework of an entertaining format.”

Together Counts Curriculum

“The Together Counts™ program offers a robust set of wellness curricular resources to classroom educators and after school providers, alongside tools, tips and activities for families of children in pre-K through middle school. Our standards-aligned curriculum is cross-curricular, free, downloadable and available in English and Spanish and covers the importance of balancing daily physical activity with good nutrition, decision making and the connection between being healthy and self-esteem.”

Nutrition Tip Sheets

“These tip sheets make great handouts for your nutrition education presentations. They can either supplement our nutrition education self-instructional booklets or add to other wellness or parent education resources. Some are designed for children and work great in after-school youth settings.

Note: many are available in both English and Spanish.”

Nutrition Lesson Plans

“Dairy Council of California K-12 nutrition curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards and can easily integrate into your units on Math, Social Science, Health, Language Arts and Physical Education. Each grade level has a specific curriculum with six to ten nutrition lessons. The lessons were created using a behavior-change model that encourages healthy-eating behaviors and attitudes in your students. Students can practice lifelong health skills like decision making, analyzing influences and setting goals.“

Kids Health in the Classroom

“KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for PreK through 12th grade. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, classroom activities and extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes and answer keys all aligned to National Health Education Standards.”

UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program Educational Materials

“The mission of the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is to provide individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and skills to manage their food resources effectively and enjoy healthy foods, and physical activities for longer and more fulfilling lives. The materials are designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles. These publications contribute toward this mission by helping individuals and families apply the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Choose MyPlate in their daily lives.”

Vermont Harvest of the Month

Vermont Harvest of the Month is a program run by Green Mountain Farm to School and founded by Vital Communities and Food Connects to promote seasonal eating, encourage healthy diets and support the local economy. They provide ready to go materials for the classroom, cafeteria, and community that promotes the use of local, seasonal Vermont foods.

Healthalicious Cooking

“Healthalicious Cooking is a 6-week nutrition and physical activity curriculum which was designed for and tested among kids age 9 to 12 years old. The overall goal of this hands-on program is to have fun while preparing and eating healthy meals, learning about nutrition, and being physically active.“

Nutrition to Grow On

“Nine lessons are designed to teach children and their families about nutrition by relating each lesson to a garden activity. The curriculum uses the garden to integrate disciplines, including science, mathematics, language arts, history, environmental studies, nutrition, and health.”

Nutrition Detectives™

“This 90-minute program offers elementary school children “5 clues” to read food labels and detect marketing deceptions, while learning to identify and choose healthful foods. It includes a presentation (choice of an interactive PowerPoint or a video demonstration), followed by a hands-on activity to apply “detective” skills with real food packages. It is most appropriate for children in grades 3 and 4.”

MyPlate, MyState Toolkit for Teachers

“Are you looking for resources for your classes that combine topics such as food and nutrition, farmers and farmers markets, and your state’s agriculture? The resources below include lesson plans around gardening, agriculture and nutrition, as well as new MyPlate, MyState activity sheets that can be used throughout the school year.”

The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum

“Discover what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.”

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.”

SNAP-ED Resource Library

The SNAP-ED Resource Library is a comprehensive resource base of Nutrition Education programs, curriculums, and materials. The library includes resources in English and in Spanish.