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Teacher Lesson Plan - Teaching Kids About The Food Groups

Jul 01, 2008
About this Lesson Plan
  • Subject: Health/ Nutrition/ Computer skills
  • Duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Grades: 2-5
  • Ages: 7-13
  • Reading Levels: Basic
  • Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: Basic knowledge of the My Plate or Food Pyramid, Basic computer & mouse skills, Hand-eye coordination

Whack A Snack Lesson Plan

Topic/task Objective Domain and Level

Reinforce Food Groups


Students will associate the key food with 
its food group.
Affective – Knowledge
Students will find the key food and select
on it before the lid is closed.
Affective - Organization 
Affective - Responding
Students will recognize all food that
appears is in the same group.
Affective - Valuing
Students will identify and separate foods 
into their proper groups.
Affective - Characterization 
Cognitive – Analysis
The Whack A Snack Game:
This is a timed matching game that utilizes hand-eye coordination and speed to select the correct food.
  • At the start of each game, a key food is presented.
  • During the game, foods from the same group will be revealed.
  • Students must successfully click on a minimum number of the key foods before the time runs out. Minimum number and time limit increase as each round is passed.
Before the round begins, a key food is presented to the child along with the amount of that key food they must find to continue to the next round. When the child selects “Start” with their mouse, 9 food trays with lids appear on screen. The lids lift to reveal either the key food or another food item from the same food group. The child must correctly click on the key food before the lid closes on the food tray. To continue to the next round, the child must successfully click on the key food a minimum of the times designated at the start of the round.
Computer and Internet access, the latest Flash and Shockwave players installed, download free from Adobe
Teaching Tips:
Have the student review the Interactive Food Pyramid or My Plate.
  1. Write the Food Groups on the board.
  2. Have the students name as many foods as they can for each group.
  3. Discuss any incorrect placements, explaining why that selection belongs it it’s specific group.
  4. Guide the students to Whack A Snack where they will see a variety of foods from different groups.
Have the students come up and break up their favorite foods/or meals into the food groups that they belong to. Ask them if they notice a pattern. Do they have more favorite foods that come from one food group? Do their favorite meals feature foods from multiple food groups?

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Written on Jul 01, 2008Last updated on Aug 01, 2012




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