Food Groups Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about healthy eating and nutrition with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson explaining the food groups then play games to apply understanding before making a food diary of their own.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the five food groups and foods that belong in each
  • discuss the health benefits of making good eating choices


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Food Groups: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Paper plates
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Foods from each of the five food groups
  • Index cards
  • Colored pencils
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn

Key Vocabulary

  • MyPlate
  • Health benefits
  • Vitamins
  • Nutrients

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Set up a tasting table with food either you supply or that you've asked students to bring from home.
  • Have students take their notebooks and a pencil and walk around, sampling the food and taking notes on their experience. Show an example such as 'I tasted the blueberries. They were tart,' or 'I ate some brown crackers and I didn't like them! They were too hard.'
  • When finished, have students meet with a partner to share their notes, then share as a whole class.
  • Ask:
    • What did you notice about the tasting table? How were the foods similar?
    • Which foods did you think were good? Which did you not like? Why?

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account