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Alphabet Toss

Together, students create an alphabet of their favorite, healthy lunch foods in this active game

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, lunch

OVERVIEW
Description: Students pass a ball while creating an alphabet of healthy, lunch foods.
Objective: Students will recognize the importance of eating a variety of foods for lunch.
Materials: One basketball or medium-sized, bouncy ball
ACTIVITY
  1. Have the class form two lines facing each other.
  2. Ask a few students for examples of their favorite healthy lunch foods.
  3. Remind them our bodies need a variety of foods because each food does something very special, and very different, for our bodies. Give them a couple of examples (e.g. spinach keeps our skin healthy, nuts give us energy, etc).
  4. Tell the students they will brainstorm different healthy foods and drinks they can eat for lunch as they play "Alphabet Toss."
  5. Explain that, together, you are going to go through the alphabet (A to Z), filling in this blank with a healthy lunch food or drink: "I like to eat or drink ________________ for lunch."
  6. Give the ball to the first student in one line and tell them to start with "A" (e.g. "I like to eat apples for lunch").
  7. When she or he is done, she or he should bounce pass the ball to the student directly across from her or him and then run to the end of her or his line.
  8. The new student with the ball should fill in the blank with a healthy lunch food beginning with "B," bounce pass the ball to the next student in the opposite line, and run to the end of her or his line.
  9. Have them continue through the alphabet, skipping difficult letters as necessary.
  10. 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 (see below for ideas).

Activity Note

Have them continue through the alphabet, skipping difficult letters as necessary. 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 (see below for ideas).

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Healthy Lunch Foods and Drinks in Alphabetical Order:

  • A--apples, asparagus, avocado
  • B--beans, blueberries, broccoli
  • C--carrots, cauliflower, cheese (low-fat)
  • D--dates, dill pickles
  • E--eggplant, endive
  • F--fish, fruits
  • G--grapes, green beans
  • H--honey (with yogurt and/or banana), honeydew melon, hummus
  • I--iceberg lettuce
  • J--jam (natural), jicama, juice (natural)
  • K--kale, kiwi
  • L--lasagna, lettuce, lima beans
  • M--milk (low-fat or skim), mozzarella cheese (low-fat), mushrooms
  • N--nectarines, noodles, nuts
  • O--olives, oranges
  • P--pasta, peas, peanut butter, peppers, potatoes
  • Q--quiche, quinoa
  • R--raisins, raspberries, rice
  • S--salad, soup, strawberries, spinach, squash, sandwiches
  • T--tomatoes, tortillas, turkey
  • U--udon noodles
  • V--vegetables, veggie burgers
  • W--water, watermelon, whole grain bread
  • X--skip or get creative
  • Y--yams, yellow peppers, yogurt
  • Z--ziti, zucchini

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 7.2.1
NSPSELA: E3b
NSPE: 1, 2, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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