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Story Time

Students learn how to choose a power breakfast by using their storytelling skills

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, breakfast

Description Students discuss and act out their healthy breakfast eating routines.
Objective Students will share how preparing and eating breakfast makes them feel.
  1. Gather the students into a circle and instruct them to sit down. Tell them it is "Breakfast Story Time."
  2. Ask them why it is important to eat a healthy breakfast (healthy foods give us energy to learn and play, etc). Ask them how they feel when they skip breakfast (tired, hungry, weak, distracted, etc). Ask them if they like feeling this way.
  3. Tell them about your own breakfast ritual. Talk about what you ate for breakfast today and how it made you feel. Describe how the food feels, smells, sounds (as it cooks), and tastes. Use movements to show how you prepare and eat the food.
  4. Next, ask individual students to tell the story of their own breakfast eating routines in the middle of the circle. Guide them with questions:
    • What did they eat for breakfast today?
    • How does the food look, taste, and smell?
    • What did they, the cafeteria workers, or their parents do to prepare the food? Was it cooked, toasted, spread?
    • Do they pour milk into it?
    • What are their favorite parts about eating breakfast?
    • How do they feel after eating it?
  5. If a student names a food or drink high in added sugar or fat, gently guide her or him to think of a healthier choice.
  6. Once they finish their story, invite those students who also enjoy these foods to jump five times in place or to jump all the way around the outside of the circle and back to their spots.
  7. After a few students have had a turn, ask some new students to mime their breakfast routines (how they prepare and eat it) in the center of the circle (one at a time) without talking.
  8. Encourage the rest of the class to imitate the mimes. Then, invite the class to guess what the breakfast foods are.
  9. Once they have guessed correctly, the students who enjoy these breakfast foods should jump all the way around the outside of the circle and back to their spots.
Background information

Breakfast is an important meal. Growing bodies and developing brains rely heavily on the regular intake of food. When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for as long as eighteen hours without food, and this period of semi-starvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual and behavioral problems. Breakfast eaters can concentrate better, have better attendance, are less irritable and fatigued, and have better control of their weight. Skipping breakfast is associated with increased body weight.

"Go" foods refer to nutritious foods which give the body the energy to go and grow. "Slow" foods refer to foods high in fat and added sugar which can slow the body down.

Healthy ("Go") Breakfast Foods and Drinks:

  •  chicken sausage
  •  turkey sausage
  •  beans
  •  oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk and honey
  •  whole grain (brown) bread or toast
  •  cream of rice or wheat with water and honey
  •  skim or low-fat yogurt, cheese, and milk
  •  bananas
  •  peaches
  •  spinach omelets
  •  scrambled eggs
  •  berry whole wheat or buckwheat pancakes
  •  100% orange juice
  •  whole-grain cereals like Cheerios and Wheaties

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: 1.2.1, 7.2.1
NS: NS.K-4.6
NSPE: 1, 5

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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