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Keywords: nutrition, food groups, My Plate, healthy eating
Subject(s): Health and PE, Social Skills, Home Economics, Spelling, Technology, Autism, Early Learning, Special Needs, Writing, Music, Speech and Language, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Black Canyon Alt School, Emmett, ID
Planned By: Annette Lutes
Original Author: Annette Lutes, Emmett
Introduce the new "My Plate" that is now taking place of the USDA food pyramid. Present information through a video on Youtube that explains the new food group symbol.

the students name different foods that go into the different groups while listening to songs that tell about each group. While the kids are saying the names they are tossing a ball or a sensory fidgit to each other, the one who has it has to say the next food. ( we have a fidgit that looks like a spinny cucumber.)

Veggie Song-

Fruit Song.

When the student is done they will do a worksheet that involves the new "My Plate". Putting different options on the plate in each category. This activity can be done as a whole group on the SMARTboard. The class can discuss options. You can divide the class in team and make it a competetion of who can list the most items.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
The student will be using writing skills to produce lists of foods. They will be using technology to access their learing.
Review the food groups using the "My Plate" symbol to see that the student retained the infromation the next day.
Materials: Projectors, Short Throw Projectors, Internet Services, Worksheets, Autism, Cause and Effect, Speech and Language, Hardware Devices