Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

Last Modified: 12/27/2013

What are healthy food choices? What is a balanced diet?
Serving Up MyPlate is a new 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. Curriculum components:

Teacher’s Guidesteacher's guide cover
Each Teacher’s Guide has three inquiry–driven lessons that help children discover nutrition, explain their understandings, and reflect upon their experiences — all of which encourage a lasting awareness of what it means to be healthy.

Print Availability: Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order a free print copy of the Teacher’s Guides. View the order form.

Original Songs
Each level includes activities using original songs that help students learn about healthy choices in an engaging and memorable way. Lyrics are included in each of the Teacher’s Guides.

CD Availability: A CD of the songs is included in each printed Teacher’s Guide.

Eat Smart To Play Hard With MyPlate Poster (36”x24”)poster image
This two-sided poster shows the MyPlate icon and foods in the five food groups. A blank MyPlate on the reverse can be used as a tool to assess students’ understanding.

Print Availability: Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order a free print copy of the poster. View order form.

Eat Smart To Play Hard With MyPlate Mini-Poster (8½”x11”)
This two-sided mini poster shows the MyPlate icon on one side and foods in the five food groups on the reverse. poster imageposter image

Print Availability: Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order free print copies of the English mini-poster in packages of 35. Printed copies of the Spanish version will be made available at a later date. View the order form.

MyPlate at Homebooklet cover
This colorful handout (4 page booklet) for parents reinforces the class lessons at home. It’s also available in Spanish, Chinese, and French.

Print Availability: The printed Teacher’s Guides come with a package of 35 MyPlate at Home handouts in English and a single copy of MyPlate at Home in Spanish. Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order additional free print copies of the parent handout in English (packages of 35), Spanish (packages of 35), Chinese and/or French. View the order form.

Extra Helpingsblast off!
Each lesson includes ideas on how to extend the learning beyond the lesson. The following resources are part of the Extra Helpings in Level 3.

CD Availability: A CD of the Blast Off! game is included in the printed Teacher’s Guide for Level 3. The Track & Field Game is only available online.

Graphics for School Meals
Jazz up your elementary school menus and encourage healthy choices with
these graphics from Team Nutrition.

Share Your Stories!
Team Nutrition is interested in hearing about your experiences with the materials. Your descriptions of successes and challenges help us create resources that better meet your needs!
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