Blythedale and Kohl’s Eat Well, Be Well encompasses many different discussion topics through the grades, but the guiding principles we emphasize in every lesson are Balance, Variety, Moderation, Movement and Sleep. Learning to practice these core ideas or healthy lifestyle habits, and carrying them into adulthood, is our goal for every child. Each lesson provides the delivery of classroom instruction by a registered dietitian, a fun activity or game to reinforce the nutrition-related topic(s) presented, and a take home parent handout.
Kindergarten Lesson Plans
• Healthy Snacks
A hands-on, interactive group activity aims to teach children that snacks high in sugar, fat, and salt should not be chosen every day. Students learn to identify healthy "most of the time” vs. unhealthy "sometimes” snack choices.
• 5 A-Day Fruits & Vegetables
Visual activities help children identify different fruits & vegetables and teaches the basic concepts about why eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables each day is important to their health.
• Identifying the Food Groups
A group discussion utilizing our colorful food board allows children to recognize the different food groups, the type of foods in each group, as well as, the major function or nutrient provided by each food group. The discussion is followed by a game of Which One Doesn’t Belong.
1st Grade Lesson Plans
• Food and Function
A visual presentation and a coloring activity will help kids identify the food group that provide energy, the food groups that promote growth and strong bones, and the food groups that keep the body healthy.
• Building a Better Breakfast
Children will learn the importance of breakfast, and will practice planning/selecting healthy breakfast options that include at least 3 different food groups.
• Red Light, Green Light Healthy Snacking
Using red light & green light paddles and food flash cards, children will practice deciding which foods are healthy, "green light” foods and which are unhealthy "red light, stop & think” foods.
2nd Grade Lesson Plans
• What Am I Drinking? Healthy Beverage Selection
This lesson has kids analyzing and measuring the added sugars of popular beverages to determine which beverages should be avoided, and teaches the value of drinking water, low-fat milk and 100% fruit juices.
• Planning a Balanced Meal
A hands-on interactive activity will teach children that planning a balanced meal requires choosing a variety of foods from the different food groups.
• Nutrition Jeopardy
A game of jeopardy will challenge students to remember the key nutrition and well-being information they have learned up to this point. These include: food group servings and functions, healthy fat sources, best choice beverages, maximum daily sugar intakes, MyPlate recommendations, and more.
3rd Grade Lesson Plans
• Major Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fats
Students will learn about the major nutrients required by the body and the food groups that supply these nutrients.
• Fiber Facts
A fun card game will have kids learning about the importance of fiber, food sources, and adding up the recommended grams.
• Serving Sizes
A visual aids board will help children become more familiar with serving sizes for various foods, and improve their ability to compare daily portions to daily recommendations.
4th Grade Lesson Plans
• Vitamins & Minerals
A game of jeopardy will challenge students to remember the major functions and sources of the important vitamins & minerals such as vitamins A, C, D, calcium and iron.
• Reading Food Labels
By analyzing and comparing various food labels, students will learn the key components of the food label and understand which nutrient values should be high and which should be low in healthy foods.
• Healthy N.E.W.S
This lesson examines the 4 key ingredients to long-term health and disease prevention: good nutrition, exercise, water and sleep.
5th Grade Lesson Plans
• Classifying Fats
A trivia game will get kids learning the differences between monounsaturated, poly-unsaturated, saturated, and trans fats, and why it is important to choose healthy fats.
• Sugar, How Much Is in the Foods We Eat?
Students will calculate the number of teaspoons of sugar in different food products and then measure the sugar to compare against recommended sugar intakes.
• Healthy Bones & Calcium
After a group discussion about the importance of calcium and physical activity for bone health, students will work in small groups to make a meal plan that meets the daily recommendation of calcium.