WHAT YOU NEED
- Food Pyramid (print and copy)
- 5 empty boxes close the same size, 1 box about twice as long as the others
- Magazines, advertising supplements, supermarket fliers
- Large construction paper
- Paste or glue
WHAT TO DO
- Distribute the Food Pyramid and discuss with the class the kinds of food
in each level and what the triangular shape means. (The wide part shows the
foods you should eat most often each day, and the narrower parts the ones you
should eat in lesser amounts.)
- Arrange empty boxes in a triangular shape and label them with the names of
the corresponding pyramid food groups.
- Have partners scan magazines and other illustrated, consumable materials
for pictures of food. Then ask them to cut out the pictures, sort them
according to the food groups, and place the pictures in the appropriate boxes.
- Tell partners that they are going to create a healthy "meal" by choosing
pictures from each box. Remind students to consult the Food Pyramid to be
sure they are using healthy foods. Allow them the opportunity to make
replacements as necessary.
- When students are satisfied with their healthy meals, distribute
construction paper and ask students to use their pictures to make an
attractive collage. The arrangement can be realistic or simply an attractive
design that uses the varying colors and textures of the different foods.
- Students can write a list of the different foods they used and attach it to
- Make a poster-sized triangle for the bulletin board. Have students add
gummed labels or colored pins to each section to represent the foods they
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