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 a good year to teach students problem-solving, reasoning and critical thinking skills for making healthy food choices. 

Shaping Up My Choices, updated in 2019, aligns to education standards, uses a proven behavior-change model and incorporates technology to help students develop healthy eating habits, which is linked to success in the classroom and beyond! 

Features of the revised Shaping Up My Choices:

  • Streamlined Teacher Guide based on teacher feedback
  • Strong alignment to California's Common Core Content Standards and easily integrates into Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health or Physical Education units
  • Shorter, visually appealing student workbook
  • Technology integration that enhances classroom education with videos and interactive content that can be shared with the 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 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, engaging graphics

Extension Activities

Common Core Reading Passages + Worksheets

Informational + Literary Text Passages complete with Student Worksheets and Answer Keys.

SMART Board Interactive Activities

Nutrition whiteboard activities engage elementary students.

Curriculum Connections

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

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Your Program Materials

Shaping Up My Choices includes the following components. Before teaching the program each year, reorder student workbooks and check to make sure you have all the materials available. If you are missing anything, please contact us.

Teach Shaping Up My Choices Online

Access new online resources that are included in the revised Shaping Up My Choices program that integrate with Google Classroom and enhance learning:

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

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Tested + Credible

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

Shaping Up My Choices aligns to the following educational standards:

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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.

Nutrition 101 in 30 Minutes!

Building 21st Century Skills

Common Core Extension Activities

Shaping Up My Choices supports the Common Core State Standards (review alignments), but if you are looking for more ways to build Common Core skills, try these extension activities. The comprehensive activities include informational or literary reading passages, student worksheets and an answer key. With these activities you will be reinforcing nutrition lessons while students practice reading, analyzing text and communicating through writing. 

Informational Text Activities

Literary Text Activities

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.