Objective: Children will understand the importance of healthy food in keeping their bodies healthy.‹ Return to Theme
During their first years of life, children grow rapidly and steadily. Food and physical activity help children grow with strong bones and more muscle. The body uses energy during rest and during movement. Energy comes from the food we eat. Some foods provide many nutrients and energy, while other foods have fewer nutrients. Fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy products provide many important nutrients for growth and energy.
Food can be divided into five groups. People need food from each group to stay healthy. Protein foods such as meats, nuts, seeds, and beans and legumes are important for a healthy diet. Grains supply energy for our bodies; we need energy to move and think. Vegetables have lots of fiber and vitamins, which help keep our eyes and bodies healthy. Fruits have lots of vitamin C, which is important for keeping our skin and hair strong. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt help our bodies store energy and keep our bones and teeth strong. Other foods like sweets have oils, fats, and sugar and should be eaten only as a special treat. Butter, oils, and salad dressings are foods that we only need a little bit of, so we need to be careful not to eat too much of them.
Visit the USDA “Choose My Plate” website or another similar website for additional information on healthy eating habits and recommendations for preschool children.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.