Students will be able to:
- Describe FOOD as "fuel for a healthy body and brain."
- Identify healthy food and drink choices.
Students will be able to:
View/print Common Core and Health Education Standards alignment.
Think Your FOOD: Water is great fuel for your body and brain. Drink up!
FOOD is fuel for your body and brain! Just like a rocket needs the right fuel to run well, your child is learning that a variety of foods and beverages will provide him or her with the best fuel. Ask your child what it means to “Think Your FOOD.” They should be able to tell you that it means to choose the best food, like lots of fruit and veggies at mealtime and snacktime, and to drink water or milk.
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Get started! Launch slides below to begin the lesson.
Students go on a space mission to help them understand that choosing the best fuel for their bodies is important.
Just like rockets need the right fuel, so do our bodies.
Explain the following key points:
Challenge students to think of their bodies as rockets. What fuel will they choose for their next meal?
Download the How to Build a Meal poster for students to post at home.
Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Explain that tomatoes are fruits because they grow from flowers and contain seeds. Most think they are a vegetable, because they are used in salads.
What about green beans? Yes, they are also a fruit. So are pumpkins, cucumbers, and any other plant with flowers that become fruit!
Download the Session 2: Healthy FOOD Hunt activity for students to look for healthy foods at home.
If they find healthy foods that are not pictured, write or draw them on the back of the page.
Milk can be made from soy, rice, or nuts such as almonds.
Poll your students to see that kinds of milk they drink.
Challenge students to think of their body as a rocket.
What will they choose to drink with their next meal? What about with their next snack?
Students take a quiz about snack choices. They show their answers by standing on their right or left foot.
Watch Chef Lizzy make healthy snacks and drinks the easy choice. "Feeding Your Friends" (2:12 min).
Choose the best fuel for each rocket.
Review key points:
FOOD gives you energy to grow and think.
Foods with the fewest ingredients are the best kinds of fuel for your body (e.g., choose an apple vs. chips, or water vs. soda pop)
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and make water or milk your first beverage choice.
Students create a poster to show others their healthy FOOD choices.
Option: Download Session 5: My Choices. to use as the poster template.
Printable: Topic 3: FOOD is Fuel - Educator's Guide
Printable: Topic 3: FOOD is Fuel - Student Materials
Game Food Face Game
Slideshow Marty Chooses a Healthy Drink
Slideshow The Life of … a Soda
Video Feeding Your Friends
Game Vegetable Faces
Slideshow FOOD as Fuel
Printable Build a Meal: Check Your Plate
Quiz FOOD as Fuel
Game Eat a FOOD Rainbow
Video Chef Lizzie on FOOD