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Dinner Scramble

Students get moving and dancing while learning a variety of healthy dinner choices

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, dinner

Description: Students hop in and out of a giant circle according to the healthy foods they hear.
Objective: Students will recognize a variety of healthy foods they can eat for dinner.
Materials: Small bell, whistle, or dinner-related noisemaker (e.g. salad tongs banging on a salad bowl)
  1. Gather the students into a circle.
  2. Remind them it is important to eat different kinds of healthy foods for dinner, a variety of foods, because each one does something very different and very special for our bodies.
  3. Explain that they are going to play "Scramble" with dinner foods.
  4. Tell them you will call out healthy dinner foods (see below). For example, you can say: "If you like to eat pasta for dinner, change spots when the ‘dinner bell’ rings."
  5. Everyone who likes pasta should hop to a new empty spot in the circle. (You can either mimic the sound of a bell or use an actual bell, whistle or noisemaker.)
  6. If only one student likes the food, she or he should hop to the center of the circle and back to her or his original spot.
  7. Continue playing while naming various healthy dinner foods from each food grouping. You can also vary the movements (skip, jump, slide, etc.) the students use to move around the circle.
  8. If time permits, ask each student to name one new, healthy dinner food she or he will try.

Healthy ("Go") Dinner and Dessert Foods and Drinks:

  • fish
  • veggie pizza
  • salad
  • zucchini
  • spinach
  • melon
  • tuna
  • pears
  • pasta with tomato sauce
  • rice and beans
  • chicken wraps
  • turkey burgers
  • steamed broccoli
  • baked potatoes
  • low-fat or skim milk

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 6.2.1, 7.2.1
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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