Grade Level: 2nd Grade/Primary Elementary
The Food Group Wall Dragon Activity begins in Activity 1.
Today we'll learn about another food group - the Meat Group.
3. Continue, saying:
Review guidelines regarding how much movement is appropriate to act out during the story.
4. Read The Mighty Muscle Meat Group aloud.
6. Distribute the King Henry's Meat Group worksheet. Have students name each item and raise their hands if they've eaten the food.
7. As a class or individually, have students classify the Meat Group foods on the worksheet as coming from a plant or an animal. If students work individually, review their answers as a class:
8. Explain that students also need to be physically active to build strong muscles.
Tell students that they're going to do some more acting that's called pantomime. They do not talk; they just do actions. While one student does his or her pantomime, everyone else tries to guess what is being acted out.
Provide some "pantomime-starter" questions, such as:
Remind the rest of the class to observe and identify what is being pantomimed.
9. Summarize by asking:
10. Ask students to pantomime at their desks. Say:
I'm going to say 10 foods. If the food is in the Meat Group, make a muscle with your arm. If the food is NOT, put your hands on your desk.
Finish this sentence out loud: "Foods in the Meat Group help build strong _____." Muscles
12. Point out the Food Group Wall Dragon started in Activity 1. Distribute dragon scales for students to cut out, initial, and write the name of a favorite Meat Group food. Remind students to check with you and/or use their dictionaries if they do not know how to spell the Meat Group food they select.
13. Attach the circle to the Wall Dragon. Tell the students your favorite Meat Group food and tape your scale to the circle. Have the students identify their favorite Meat Group foods as they tape their scales to the circle.
14. Collect Little D, the Five Food Group Dragon mini-posters for Activity 4.
15. Allow students to play Little D's interactive nutrition games to reinforce the Five Food Groups and the foods in each group.
Muscle-Building Action Collage
Create a collage by cutting out pictures of students' favorite Meat Group foods and the activities they like to do to make their muscles strong and healthy. Have the students present their collages to their classmates.
Follow the Mover
Encourage students to stretch and move by leading them in movement games. In class, have the students imitate the moves you make. Lead students in stretching moves, such as reaching the arms overhead, touching their toes, or rotating their trunk. Or, appoint a student to lead. Also, join the students at recess and lead them in animal moves. Have the students gallop like horses, hop like rabbits, swim like fish, jump like frogs, or stomp like elephants.
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