3rd Grade Nutrition Education Lesson Plans

Newly Revised Third Grade Program

Shaping Up My Choices


Revised Program Teaches Skills for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

Third grade is an essential year to teach students the skills they need to apply problem-solving, reasoning and critical thinking techniques to their food choices. Shaping Up My Choices was revised by Dairy Council of California and is now available to order in 2019.  The updated nutrition program aligns to education standards, uses a proven behavior-change model and utilizes technology to help students develop healthy eating habits that will help them succeed in the classroom and beyond! 

New features of revised Shaping Up My Choices include:

  • Streamlined Teacher Guide based on teacher feedback
  • Strong alignment to current Common Core State Standards and easily integrates into Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health or Physical Education units
  • Smaller environmentally friendly student workbook that are more visually appealing
  • Brand new technology integration that enhances classroom education with videos, worksheets and interactive content that can be brought home and shared with family 
  • New agri-food literacy component in the Farm to You lesson

 Shaping Up My Choices nutrition lessons include:

  • All five food groups, their main nutrients and roles in the body
  • Agri-food literacy in the brand new Farm to You lesson
  • Five lessons on fundamental nutrition topics that can be taught in a 40-minute class period
  • Seamless link between print and online throughout the teacher guide
  • Updated graphics that are more engaging for students

What You Receive

Shaping Up My Choices includes the following components. Reorder student workbooks each year but use the supporting materials year-to-year.

To download your teacher guide and other resources, login to the Shaping Up My Choices page.

  • Teacher Guide
  • Student Workbooks (English and Spanish)
  • Master Documents

Nutrition programs are free to California teachers and available for a nominal cost for teachers from other states.

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Access to a brand new technology integration that perfectly complements Google Classroom which enhances education with: 

  • Videos
  • Worksheets
  • Electronically scored pre- and post-assessments
  • Interactive content that can be brought home and shared with family
  • And so much more!

When nutrition is added to the curriculum students:

  • Discuss nutrition with friends and family.
  • Make better choices in the lunch line and grocery store.
  • Hold each other accountable for making healthy choices.
  • Bring healthier snacks to school.
  • Enjoy sharing their stories about nutrition.
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Evaluation Reports

In addition to aligning to education standards, Shaping Up My Choices underwent rigorous field testing with teachers and students to ensure that students gained knowledge and exhibited positive behavior change.

Read the summary evaluation report as well as the full report.

Education Standards

Rave Reviews: What Are The Teachers Saying?

Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for third 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 third grade nutrition lesson plans.

Dairy Council of California programs
and nutrition lesson plans align with the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans.