Whole Grains

Grain products

MyPlate encourages you to "Make at least half your grains whole grains." Help students meet this goal!

Resources for preparing and serving whole grains are also available.



Team Up at Home

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This is a collection of hands-on nutrition education activities for parents to use with their school-age children. This 36-page activity booklet is in a reproducible format for classroom and community use. Pages 18 and 19 focus on whole grains.


Whole Grains at School Video

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Registered dietitian explains how your kids can make whole grain choices at school and at home.


Whole Grain Nutrition Education Display

University of Missouri Extension.

The Show Me Nutrition Education Displays are professionally designed bulletin board displays with handouts that feature researched-based information. This teaching tool is most appropriate for upper middle- or high-school students.


Go with the Whole Grain for Kids Curriculum

Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition.

This curriculum features two delightful Whole Grain Heroes to help children learn about the benefits of whole grains and how they can incorporate whole grains into their diet. Two programs are available: one for children in grades kindergarten through 2nd grade, and a more in depth version for children in grades 3-5.


Grains with Gusto Mini-Poster Grains with Gusto Mini-Poster (PDF | 2.4 MB)

National Food Service Management Institute.


Whole Grain Choo-Choo Train children's book

Florida Department of Health.

The Whole Grain Choo-Choo Train is a 33-page children's book emphasizing the importance of eating whole grains. The book is geared to preschoolers to 1st graders. Includes a Teacher's Guide with lesson plans.


Having Fun with Wheat

North Dakota Wheat Commission.

Coloring and activity books for kids. Most can be downloaded for free or ordered for a minimal fee. Samples of wheat are available for a minimal fee. Recipe brochures are also available for free.


The Story of Wheat, For Kids (PDF | 1.70 MB)

North Dakota Wheat Commission.

In this storybook, intended for children in grades 3-5, North Dakota farm girl Jenny Johnson introduces students to the wheat kernel and explains how it is grown, marketed and made into delicious, nutritious food. Activities include identifying parts of the wheat kernel and plant, unscrambling terms, crossing out letters to reveal good things about wheat, a crossword puzzle, and recipe.


Whole Grain Unscramble (PDF | 32 KB)

District of Columbia Department of Health. DC Eat Smart/Move More Program.

Word puzzle activity that reinforces types of whole grains and their importance.