Nutrition Education: Resources for Elementary School

Pick a Better Snack™ Pick a Better Snack™

Iowa Department of Health; Iowa Department of Education.

Campaign that encourages fruit and vegetable choices for snacks. Includes elementary classroom lessons, bingo cards, marketing materials, fact sheets, and family newsletters (newsletters are also available in Spanish).

Eat Smart Be Smart

Montana Office of Public Instruction.

A kindergarten through fifth grade curriculum for teaching nutrition through math, science, language arts and health enhancement.

Michigan Team Nutrition Booklist Michigan Team Nutrition Booklist (PDF | 1.21 KB)

Michigan State University Extension; Michigan Department of Education.

An annotated list of over 400 books with positive food, nutrition and physical activity messages for children in grades K-2.

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Classroom materials for elementary school teachers to integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. The curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon through a variety of hands–on activities.

Healthy Minutes Healthy Minutes

Iowa Public Television; Iowa Department of Education.

Series of video clips featuring Dan Wardell who shows children in K-2 how to make healthy choices about food, physical activity and hygiene.

MyPlate Blast Off Game MyPlate Blast Off Game

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

In this online game, students can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity.

Hoosier Champions cover Hoosier Champions: School Nutrition and Activity Success Stories (PDF | 2.21 MB)

Indiana Department of Education.

Collection of nutrition activities and success stories from schools that implemented GameOn! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge.

Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF)

FNEC. Cornell University Devision of Nutritional Science.

Nutrition curriculum for teaching healthy eating and active play to children ages 8-12 years. Includes curriculum files and teaching kit materials as well as a guide and handouts for training educators.

Power Panther Pals (K-5)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Power Panther Pals is an 8-week health education program for elementary students. Materials include an implementation manual, student activity book with recipes, PowerPoint slides, and parent newsletters.

Family Fun, Food and Fitness Event Planning Guide (PDF | 47.3 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Guidebook provides instructions for planning and promoting a health-centered, family-friendly, school or child care center sponsored event and includes specific instructions detailing both nutrition and fitness activities.

Nutrition Education of Texas (NETx)

Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division.

Multidisciplinary nutrition lesson plans for grades pre-Kindergarten through High School that align with Texas education standards.

Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Healthy eating and physical activity materials that can be placed in a bag for elementary teachers share with the families of their students.

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tool for schools to analyze their health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.

MyPlate Match Game

Dairy Council of California.

In this online game, students build a food plate and learn the names and colors of the food groups in MyPlate.

Food and Nutrition Fun for Elementary Age Children (PDF | 134 KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Comprehensive list of food and nutrition books for children.

Create a Classroom That Moves!

Ohio Team Nutrition.

Resources for classroom-based physical activity, including a manual, food and movement cards, and an activity pyramid poster.

Rainbow Days: A Food Services Student Activity to Engage Kids with Salad Bars (PDF | 1.80 MB)

The Lunch Box (Food, Family, Farming Foundation).

In this activity, students are challenged to create a “rainbow” on their tray with items from the salad bar.