Grade 3 Healthy Eating Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade 3 Life Skills Lesson Plan: Healthy Eating

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Pictures of various foods
  • Healthy Eating worksheets
  • Crayons/coloured pencils
  • Digital projector/laptop (optional)
  • MyPlate chart or visual aid
  • Scissors and glue (if cutting and pasting are part of the activity)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify the five food groups and examples of foods within each group.
2. Understand the importance of a balanced diet.
3. Explain how each food group contributes to health and development.
4. Create a balanced meal using foods from different groups.

Vocabulary:

  1. Nutrition – The process of consuming and using food for growth and health.
  2. Balanced Diet – A diet that contains the right amounts of all the necessary nutrients.
  3. Carbohydrates – Foods that provide energy.
  4. Proteins – Foods that help build and repair body tissues.
  5. Vitamins – Nutrients that help regulate body processes and protect against diseases.

Previous Learning:

Students have previously learnt about the different types of food through basic food vocabulary and recognition. They have also been introduced to the concept of meals and snacks.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Some students might struggle to recognise which foods belong to which food groups. Solution: Use clear, colourful images and a detailed MyPlate chart for reference.
  • Students may have difficulty understanding the importance of each nutrient. Solution: Provide simple explanations and connect nutrients to their benefits (e.g., “Proteins help you grow strong muscles”).

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Introduction to Learning Objectives (2 minutes)
  2. Introduce the lesson by explaining the importance of eating healthy foods.
  3. Share the learning objectives with the students.

  4. Activate Prior Knowledge (2 minutes)

  5. Briefly discuss what students already know about their favourite foods and meals.
  6. Ask questions like “What did you eat for breakfast today?” and “Why do you think it’s important to eat different types of food?”

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Direct Instruction (10 minutes)
  2. Introduce the MyPlate chart using a visual aid. Explain each food group: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy.
  3. Give examples of foods in each group.
  4. Discuss the roles of each nutrient (e.g., carbohydrates for energy, proteins for muscle repair, vitamins for body functions).

  5. Guided Practice (10 minutes)

  6. Distribute Healthy Eating worksheets featuring a blank plate divided into sections for each food group.
  7. Provide pictures of various foods (or allow students to draw them) and ask students to place each food in the correct section on their plate.
  8. Walk around the classroom to provide support and check for understanding.

  9. Independent Practice (8 minutes)

  10. Ask students to create their balanced meal using the worksheet and food pictures.
  11. Encourage them to include at least one food from each group.

  12. Peer Sharing (4 minutes)

  13. Have students pair up and explain their choices to each other.
  14. Allow a few students to share their plates with the class.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Exit Ticket Activity (3 minutes)
  2. Have students write or draw one thing they learned about healthy eating on a sticky note or small piece of paper and place it on the whiteboard.
  3. Ask students to include why they think it is important to eat a balanced diet.

  4. Review and Conclusion (1 minute)

  5. Recap the key points of the lesson.
  6. Remind students why it is important to eat from all food groups.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Observation during guided practice to ensure students can categorise foods correctly.
  • Review of students’ Healthy Eating worksheets.
  • Exit tickets will provide insight into individual student understanding and retention of the lesson content.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • Provide extra support and simplified explanations for students who may struggle.
  • Use more complex examples or ask deeper questions for students who grasp the concepts quickly.
  • Visual aids and hands-on activities help cater to different learning styles.

Teaching Notes:

  • Emphasise the importance of each food group by relating them to everyday activities (e.g., “Carbohydrates give you the energy to play and learn”).
  • Use real-life examples to make the lesson relatable.
  • Ensure all materials are accessible to students with disabilities, consider large print materials or auditory aids when necessary.

This lesson plan integrates interactive activities and visual aids to help Grade 3 students understand the concept of healthy eating, reinforcing the knowledge through both collaboration and individual practice.

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