Nutrition is a key study at any grade, but my current grade 3s are studying it in detail. I’ve always found BrainPopJr and BrainPop to be great clever and age-appropriate places to begin. Ask your teacher about your school account and password.

BrainPopJr Movie

Food Pyramid – A good introduction to food and effects of excess sugar/fat in diet (Info on carbohydrates, fats and proteins)

BrainPop Movie

Fats – find out why fats are important to your diet, in moderation (Info on fats)

Carbohydrates – compares various carbohydrates and how found in your diet (Info on carbohydrates)

Organic Food – discussion of what entails this popular eating trend

Nutrition – Proper balance discussed (Info on carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins)

Pasteurization – What it is and why it’s important to the milk production process

Food Safety – Ways to avoid improper food

Nutrition Distributions

Fun Nutrition Games

Eating to Win – this game could be more strategy and graphically advanced features, but the messages left for the quality of eating are very informative. So be sure to slow down at the end of each sequence.

Blast off game – great at breaking down the sources for carbohydrates and fats.

Additional reading – five great age appropriate five articles from SIRS Discoverer:

  1. Pasta Patrol – great info for all ages on pasta
  2. Good Food is Brain feul
  3. Grandma’s marathon
  4. Fuel up for good health
  5. Ask Dr. about minerals, vitamins and other things

MyPyramid.gov has a wealth of information for the serving sizes for a wide range of ages. In fact, they offer a free food planner to track if students are getting the required amounts of each food group.

World Almanac for Kids 2008 (20 copies in library)

  • page 93 – serving size
  • page 94 – definitions & sample foods for fats, carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins

One Response to “Grade 3 Nutrition”

  1. This is a great post with some great links. I will be passing this over to my friend Elaine who has been here only 2 years from China with her 9 year old son. Hey ….he is starting to teach me Chinese(and Elaine has promised to teach me how to make dumplings….) Cheers

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