ESL Healthy Eating Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ELL students will investigate the elements of healthy eating. First, they will generate ideas from a text and from their own experiences. Next, they will evaluate the healthiness of an eating choice. Last, they will create a bumper sticker to persuade others to eat healthy.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate a statement for its level of healthiness
  • Describe the elements of healthy eating
  • Persuade others to make healthy eating choices


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10

By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Calories
  • Meat
  • Poultry


  • Read-aloud text about healthy eating (one copy)
  • Chart paper or whiteboard
  • Markers
  • Sets of five evaluation cards (one per student)
  • List of eating statements
  • Crayons
  • Cardstock cut into thirds (one per student)

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