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Name of Activity:

Time To Shop

Purpose of Activity:

Using the food pyramid as a guide, teach students about creating healthy, well balanced meals.

Activity cues:

Explain to students that the not all categories in the pyramid are equal, so they should have MORE grains, fruits and veggies than dairy, meat, and sweets/oils.


Prior to lesson teach students about the different components of the food pyramid.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Flyers from a local supermarket with color pictures and weekly specials.

Description of Idea

Students will each be given a flyer from a local grocery store. Ideally a larger store which will provide more vareity of choices.

They will instructed to create a meal, either a breakfast, lunch or dinner which includes all components of the food pyramid. Their budget will be $10.00. Students will then use the flyers to create their meal and write down their choices. After completion ask students to come up to the board and share their meal with the class.

Consider increasing students' budget to purchase meals for a week or a daily menu for a family of four. Students could also figure the calorie count for each meal, cost per serving, and also the amount of exercise needed to expend that many calories.

Assessment Ideas:

Have the students write down their meal on a piece of paper and identify the different components of the food pyramid.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Working with an assistant, a student and use the flyer to create their own meal.

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Submitted by Philippa Siegel who teaches at Glenbrook Middle School in Longmeadow, MA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 11/28/2008.

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