Nutrition Education: Resources for Elementary School

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.

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.

The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4 (January 2013)


This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up (April 2013) Grades 5 and 6

United States Department of Agriculture.

Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

Nutrition Education of Texas (NETx) 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.

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.

Hoosier Champions: School Nutrition and Activity Success Stories (2009) (PDF | 2.21 MB)

Indiana Department of Education.

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

Pick a Better Snack (PABS) Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets

Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa’s Pick a better snack™ fact sheets provide nutrition facts, uses, varieties, origin, trivia, etc. for over 30 fruits and vegetables.

Body Venture (2015-2016)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Body Venture is an exhibit designed to teach Kansas students the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Body Venture includes classroom activities, take-home activities, health resources, and promotion resources.

Pick a Better Snack™ (PDF | 711 KB)

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).

Power Panther Pals (K-5) (2014-2015)

KSDE. 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.

Interactive Wellness Resources (2012)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

These interactive documents have many links to online resources that can be used in implementing school wellness policies. There is a document for Nutrition (PDF 4.52 MB), Nutrition Education (PDF 558.25 KB), and Physical Activity (PDF 547.87 KB).

Create a Classroom That Moves! (2010)

Ohio Team Nutrition.

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

Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag (2012)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

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

Move for Thought: Integrated Physical Activities for Learning in the Elementary School Classroom (2009) (PDF | 1.04 MB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Physical activity cards that can be conducted in the academic classroom.

Discover MyPlate - Nutrition Education for Kindergarten

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Discover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children - kindergarten. Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks make learning about new foods fun for kids, while also helping them learn to read.

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Nutrition and dietary guidance for choosing a healthy lifestyle, with links to a variety of resources, including Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks. Look for guidance on building a healthy plate, SuperTracker to keep track of dietary intake and physical activity, and resources for consumers, educators, and health care professionals.