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Activity Overview

While a food pyramid is helpful for students to understand how much of a certain food group they should eat, it's a good idea to start them off with understanding what is in each food group. In this activity, students will create a chart that contains examples of the five different food groups: vegetables, fruit, grains, protein, and dairy.

Vegetables can be split up into five subgroups: dark green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other vegetables. Food in the vegetable group can be cooked or eaten raw.

Fruit is a key part to a healthy diet. Fruits are often high in vitamins and minerals. Fruit can be eaten fresh, dried, canned, frozen, pureed, or even as fruit juice. There are a range of different fruits available from all over the world. Examples of fruit are berries, apples, and 100% orange juice.

Grains can be split up into two subgroups: whole grains and refined grains. It is recommended that half the grains that are consumed are whole grains. Examples of whole grains are whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, and brown rice. Examples of refined grains are white flour, white bread, and white rice.

Protein can come from both plant and animal sources. Examples are meat, fish, soybean products, nuts, and lentils.

Dairy is all liquid milk and foods made from milk. Examples of dairy are cheese, yogurt, and milk. Many dairy foods are good sources of calcium, which is a mineral needed to produce healthy bones.

For students that need more support, cut up the example storyboard and have students match the examples to the categories. To stretch your more advanced students, have them find examples of some of the subgroups listed above. This activity can also be completed as an entire classroom, with students suggesting foods and determining where they go.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a chart with three examples of the different food groups.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label each row with the name of a food group. Add cells as necessary.
  3. Use the internet, books, or your own knowledge to find three examples of each of the five different food groups.
  4. Write these examples in the titles of the cells in the storyboard.
  5. Search for images of these examples and include them in the cell. Search "Food" for all food items, or the specific type for an image from Photos for Class.

Lesson Plan Reference


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Give three examples for each category with images.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
All the categories are correctly identified.
Most of the categories are correctly identified.
Some of the categories are correctly identified.
There are three correct examples for each category, with images.
There are two correct examples for each category, with images.
There is one correct example for each category, with images.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

Image Attributions
  • Brown Rice • Dani and Rob • License Attribution (
  • Haddock, Poached egg and Champ • Annie Mole • License Attribution (
  • indexKacang Merah ( Red Kidney bean ) • Photo Dokumen Lesman • License Attribution (
  • Oatmeal • DeSegura89 • License Attribution (
  • Popcorn • keith.bellvay • License Attribution (
  • spinach-boiling • internetbasedmom • License Attribution (
  • Tofu • UnitedSoybeanBoard • License Attribution (
  • Yoghurts • • License Attribution (
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