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Breakfast Tag

Students share their healthy breakfast choices in this lively game

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, breakfast

Description Students try to cross the room without being tagged when they hear a healthy food they've eaten for breakfast.
Objective Students will identify a variety of healthy breakfast foods.
  1. Have the students stand shoulder to shoulder at one end of the room.
  2. Quickly review why it is important to eat different kinds, or a variety, of healthy breakfast foods (because each different type of food does something very special and very different for our bodies, such as oatmeal which gives us energy, and oranges which keep us healthy).
  3. Stand in the center of the room and explain that you are going to call out a breakfast food using this familiar phrase: "Red Rover, Red Rover, let anyone who ate [fill in with a common and healthy breakfast food such as wheat toast] come over!"
  4. The students who ate this food for breakfast must try to run to a line at the opposite end of the room without being tagged by you. If a student is tagged, she or he joins you in the middle as a tagger and must call out the next food.
  5. If more than one student is tagged, together they must come up with and call out the next food. (Consult with the student(s) first to ensure the food is healthy; if not, help them come up with a healthier alternative.)
  6. If you want to liven things up you can tell the students to attempt to cross if they have eaten this food in the past week or if they like it (and not just if they ate it that morning).
  7. After a few minutes, review some of the foods mentioned. Challenge them to guess which food grouping each one belongs to.
Background information

There are five food groupings:

  •  Milk and milk products grouping--contain vitamin D and calcium and keep bones and teeth strong; includes skim or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese
  •  Vegetable grouping and fruit grouping--contain vitamins A, B, C, and E, folate and potassium which make eyes sparkle, skin smooth, and help fight off colds, contain fiber which helps body digest food, keeps teeth and gums healthy, and helps cuts heal quickly; includes grapes, grapefruit, bananas, potatoes, spinach, broccoli (in omelets), and peaches
  •  Meats, beans, and nuts grouping--contains iron which makes blood healthy, brains grow, and builds muscles; includes peanut butter, turkey sausage, eggs
  •  Grain grouping--contain carbohydrates which give the body energy; includes whole grain breads, bagels, and cereals

Less Healthy ("Slow") Breakfast Foods and Drinks:

  •  doughnuts
  •  danishes
  •  high-sugar cereals like Lucky Charms and Frosted Flakes
  •  pork sausage or bacon
  •  white bread or toast
  •  high-sugar fruit juices like Kool-Aid and Hawaiian Punch
  •  home fries (fried in oil or with butter)
  •  coffee cake
  •  white flour pancakes with syrup

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 1.5.2,5.5.5
NS: NS.K-4.6
NSPE: 1, 5

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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