FNEP   Family Nutrition
Education Programs

Nutrition and Lifeskills for Missouri Families

State of Missouri Education Standards
 

Curriculum Summaries:

Pre-School

Let's Read

Kindergarten
Chef Combo's
Fantastic Adventures

First Grade

Fun with Food & Fitness
Second Grade
Building My Pyramid
Professor Popcorn
Pyramid Café
Third Grade
Building My Body
Fourth Grade
Choosing Foods for Me
Professor Popcorn
Pyramid Explorations
Fifth Grade
Exploring the
Food Guide Pyramid
Sixth Grade
Digging Deeper

Professor Popcorn

Exercise Your Options

Seventh–Eighth Grade
Choices and Challenges
Hooked on Health
Exercise Your Options
Ninth–Twelfth Grade
The Balancing Act

Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Teenage Moms

Special Focus Programs

Healthy Body Image

This is Your Life!

 

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Exploring the Food Pyramid
with Professor Popcorn

A nutrition education program for elementary school youth

Exploring the Food Pyramid with Professor Popcorn is available in two levels. There are seven lessons in each level. Lesson one introduces the Food Pyramid, lessons 2-6 each focus on a different food group, and lesson seven centers on the tip of the Pyramid.  The lessons encourage children to make healthy choices and become more aware of the importance of exercise. There are many activities, games, and snack preparations included in the lessons.

Level One - grades 1-3

  1. Exploring the Food Pyramid with Professor Popcorn - Why we eat what we do, introduce pyramid, plant & animal food sources, & hand washing.
    (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 2a; IIIA: 3a, 4a)

  2. Go for the Grain! - Grain group, serving sizes, sugar in cereal, exercise and pulse rate. (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 2a)

  3. Eat 3 Every Day! - Vegetable group, keeping food safe, prepare vegetable snack.
    (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 2a)

  4. Going Bananas Over Fruit! - Fruit group, sometimes and anytime snacks, food storage, fruit snack using a can opener.
    (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 2a)

  5. Milk Calcium for All It’s Worth! - Milk group, calcium for strong bones, chicken bone in vinegar experiment, label reading, food safety.
    (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 2a)

  6. Muscles Need Meat - Meat group, beef or pork? fat in foods, fast foods, Tic Tac Toe game.
    (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 2a; IVA: 1a, 5a; VA: 6b)

  7. The Final Tip: Easy Does It! - The “other” food group, smart food choices, using less salt, popcorn snack.
    (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 2a)

Level Two – grades 4-6

  1. Exploring the Food Pyramid with Professor Popcorn - Introduce pyramid, food classification, serving size, one day food recall, hand washing. (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 1a, 1b, 2a; IIA: 4a; IID: 1a)

  2. Go for the Grain! - Grain group, carbohydrates, starch experiment, nutritious breakfasts, exercise and pulse rate. (Show-Me Standard: IIA: 2a IIB: 1a, 1b, 3a;)

  3. Dip ‘em, Dunk ‘em...eat 3 everyday! - Vegetable group, calories, preparation and serving methods to reduce fat & calories, vegetable snack. (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 1b, 2b, 3a)

  4. Going Bananas Over Fruit! - Fruit group, RDA’s, pop & fruit drinks, sugar in pop, use of can openers. (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 1b, 2b, 3a, 4a)

  5. Milk Calcium for All It’s Worth! - Milk group, calcium & bones, chicken bone/ vinegar experiment, label reading, food safety. (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 1b, 2b, 3a, 4a; IIC: 1b)

  6. Build Muscles with Meats & Proteins - Meat group, protein, fat in foods, experiment, fast foods, Tic, Tac, Toe game.
    (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 1b, 2b, 3a, 4a)

  7. The Final Tip: Easy Does It! - “Other” group, smart food choices, choosing less salt, popcorn snack. (Show-Me Standard: IIB: 1b, 2a, 3a, 4a)

 

 

Family Nutrition Education Programs, University of Missouri
1205 University Avenue, Suite 300, Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573.882.9760  Fax: 573.884.5449

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last updated: 05/29/2009
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