Social Stories on Eating Healthy

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Making good food choices can be challenging for all of us. In this lesson, you will find examples of social stories that can be used to teach students about healthy eating.

What Is Healthy Eating?

It's never too early to teach students about healthy eating. One resource teachers can use is social stories, brief scenarios that explain the meaning of social situations, such as eating healthy. Here are some nutrition-related social stories you can use with or adapt for your students.

Social stories can help teach students about healthy eating. This plate shows the five food groups mentioned in Story One.
food plate

Social Stories on Healthy Eating

Story One: Sorting Food

I like sorting things. I sort my cars by size and color. I sort my blocks by shape. And now, I can sort my food. Did you know that food can be sorted into five groups? I learned in school that there are five food groups:

  • Vegetables are foods like carrots, squash, peas, peppers and broccoli.
  • Fruits are foods like apples, strawberries, bananas and pears.
  • Proteins are foods like meat and nuts.
  • Grains are foods like bread, crackers and cereal.
  • Dairy is foods like milk, yogurt and cheese.

Why do I need to know about sorting food into groups? In order to be healthy, I should eat food from each group every day. That way my body gets all different kinds of vitamins and nutrients. Vitamins and nutrients are good for me. Sorting my food is fun!

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