Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Unit Study Food Pyramid

We recently competed a short unit study on the food pyramid. We spent the first day studying a healthy food pyramid. I started with printable food pyramid worksheets and moved into handing out old food magazines with instructions for making a food pyramid collage.

We started day two with a study of triangles to which my daughter identified and measured triangle cut outs. We also set up a play doe food making station using sight words and a Polynesian cookbook adding some books and a movie about island culture.

We rounded out day three of our unit study with a printable poetry/food label study out of Stetson University in Florida. This was a great little addition to our activities taking two days to complete. It has a great poem to read to which the kids wrote there own poem. There is a food label worksheet and we studied advertising.

We ended the unit study with a video and experiment involving the calorie content of Cheetos. I recommend finding your own video on YouTube depending on the age of your children. After we watched the video we did our own experiment using a frying pan (as I did not want to teach my five year old how to play with fire). The Cheetos burned instantly!

Here is the poem about junk food that my kids came up with together. I had them list their favorite junk foods and then write the poem. There was no word limit. I wanted to encourage them to try.

Popcorn, chicken nuggets, french fries too;
Pizza, ice cream, slushy, ooooooooo!
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