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Teacher Lesson Plans - Food And Nutrition ‘Matching Cards’ Memory Puzzles

Mar 01, 2008
About this Lesson Plan
  • Subject: Health/ Nutrition/ Computer skills
  • Duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Grades: 1-5
  • Ages: 5-13
  • Reading Levels: Basic
  • Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: Basic knowledge of the My Plate or Food Pyramid, Basic computer & mouse skills, Problem Solving Skills

Matching Meals Nutrition Lesson Plan

Topic/task Objective Domain and Level
Reinforce Food Groups
Students will select a puzzle.
Cognitive – Knowledge
Students will select cards to find matching
Affective – Responding 
Affective – Organization
Students will recall the card’s location
from memory.
Cognitive - Knowledge
Students will identify what group select
food is from.
Cognitive - Knowledge
Promote healthy
nutrition messages
Students will classify the food group based
on the puzzle’s color and identify the
healthy message.
Cognitive - Comprehension 
Cognitive – Knowledge
Students will explain what makes a meal
Cognitive - Comprehension 
Cognitive – Knowledge
The Matching Meals Game: 
This is an online memory game with 3 different levels: easy, tricky and hard, each with a corresponding time limit.
  • The Easy level has 12 cards and a 45 second time limit.
  • The Tricky level has 20 cards and a 1:15 min time limit.
  • The Hard level has 30 cards and a 1:30 min time limit.
  • Each of the cards is colored to match a food group and feature a food from that group on the card.
  • The picture revealed when the pairs are matched provides a healthy message about food groups.
Using their mouse, the child clicks on a card the back of a card. The card turns over and reveals a picture of a food and the corresponding food group to which it belongs. When matching images appear on the two cards that flipped over at the same time, the cards disappear and show the picture underneath.
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. Discuss why it is important to have a balance of all of the food groups in one’s diet and that eating a balanced diet can be delicious and fun, too!
  2. Guide the students to Matching Meals and the appropriate number of memory cards.
  3. Each time the child plays, the images on the cards and the secret image revealed changes, so they can guess what the food group message that appears will be as the image is revealed.
Grades 1 – 2:
Present two food options, one healthy and one not so healthy – example: a cookie and an apple. Have them choose which food would be a better nutritional snack and what food group that snack is from. 
Grades 3 to 5:
Present two meals, one balanced with something from each food group, and one that is not balanced. Have the students choose which one would be a better meal and identify what food group each part of the balanced meal belongs.

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




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