This seven-lesson nutrition program aligns with California Education Standards and can easily integrate into your units on Science, Social Studies, Health, Language Arts, Math and Physical Education. The lessons were created using a behavior-change model that encourages healthy eating behaviors and attitudes in your students. Students will analyze their own food and activity records to make goals for improvement.
Nutrition Pathfinders teaches fifth grade students about:
Nutrition Pathfinders aligns to the following educational standards:
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The following resources can be used in teaching Nutrition Pathfinders in your classroom.
Chef for the Day
Index Cards (Lesson 1)
Main Nutrients and Their Health Benefit Chart (Lesson 1)
Servings Bar Graph (Lesson 3)
Daily Food and Beverage Record Chart (blank)
Daily Food and Beverage Record Chart (complete)
Daily Food and Beverage Record Chart (incomplete)
Nutrition Trivia Powerpoint (Lesson 7)
Nutrition Trivia PDF (Lesson 7)
Our Class Goal (Lesson 7)
In addition to aligning to education standards, Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! underwent rigorous field testing with teachers and students to ensure that students gained knowledge and exhibited positive behavior change.
Read the summary evaluation report. A full report on this newly revised program is forthcoming.
Nutrition Pathfinders includes the following components. Reorder student workbooks each year but use the supporting materials year-to-year.
Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for fifth grade have undergone rigorous field testing to evaluate student outcomes. This process helps us to refine the lessons until they become teacher-friendly, fun for students and effective.
Here is what teachers are saying about these fifth grade nutrition lesson plans.
My students are actively making better food choices when getting school lunches and snacks. They are also letting friends know why they are making those choices and encouraging them to follow. We have made the decision as a class to be more active each day. Every student spends their recess getting some physical activity.
The Nutrition Pathfinders not only impacted my students but their families as well. I had many students raise questions and concerns to parents about eating habits and have had positive changes resulting from the student’s education, awareness and pride in their health.
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