Inspiring kids to eat nutritious foods helps them do better in school and grow into healthy, productive adults. Recognizing that schools, camps and after school programs may want to include nutrition education, but not have the time or expertise to create their own educational materials, the OHSU Moore Institute created an engaging, hands-on curriculum. We worked with Connie Liakos, M.S., R.D., who has a wealth of experience creating nutrition curriculum for kids, to make sure it was scientifically accurate but still fun. The curriculum is designed for fourth - eighth grade students. The teacher's manual, including four lessons each with multiple stations, posters, games, worksheets and manipulatives are contained in one sturdy box.
- Mirrors USDA Dietary Guidelines.
- Utilizes the evidence-based USDA MyPlate Guide as a model.
- Is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
- Aligns with current Oregon health education standards and performance indicators.
- Has been tested in Oregon classrooms and revised based on student and teacher input.
The individual lesson plans are available to download below if you only want to use a piece of the curriculum.They include the posters, worksheets and games. The full box has color printed versions of all this information, plus all the hands-on manipulatives like a grain grinder, grain samples, osteoporosis bone density samples and more.
The teaching guide includes information about the curriculum, an overview of all four lessons and tips for teaching the curriculum.
Lesson 1: MyPlate Power Foods
Lesson 2: MyPlate Build Foods
Lesson 3: Winning the Balance Game
Lesson 4: Taking Charge of Your Choices
Food photo cards
Each lesson has a set of food photo cards with a food image on the front and nutrition information on the back. The playing cards are used for activities within each lesson, or can be used to create fun games.