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Breakfast Beat

Students compare healthy breakfast foods they've eaten in this active game

Tags: nutrition activities, middle school, breakfast

Description: Students react to foods they've eaten by jogging, jumping, lunging, and more!
Objective: Students will identify the five food groupings and recognize some healthy foods they can eat for breakfast.
  1. As the students enter the room, ask them to form a circle around you. Tell them to make sure they have enough room to stretch their arms out without touching anyone.
  2. Ask them if they know what food groupings are (categories of certain types of foods based on what they provide for and how they affect our bodies). Ask them if they can guess any of the food groupings (fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and milk products, and meats, beans, and nuts.)
  3. Tell them it is important to eat breakfast foods from all five food groupings because each different kind of food does something very different and important for our bodies. Give examples (e.g. fruits like oranges keep our skin healthy; meats, beans, and nuts like turkey sausage give us energy; vegetables like broccoli help fight off diseases; milk and milk products like yogurt keeps our bones strong; and grains like wheat toast help us digest our food).
  4. Tell them they will think about healthy breakfast foods from all five food groupings while they play "Breakfast Beat."
  5. Ask them to begin marching in place and to listen carefully as they march.
  6. Call out a specific breakfast behavior and action, such as: "Anyone who had an orange for breakfast this morning, jog around the outside of the circle."
  7. Students who qualify should do the action (see below for more behaviors and actions).
  8. After you have called out all the breakfast behaviors, end the activity.
  9. If time permits, review some of the healthy breakfast foods mentioned and encourage the students to set a personal goal to eat a variety of healthy breakfast foods from all five food groupings every day.

Breakfast Behaviors:

  • If you have ever eaten apple slices with peanut butter, do five jumping jacks.
  • If you have eaten a veggie omelet recently, skip to the center of the circle and back.
  • If you love wheat toast, switch spots with someone across the circle.
  • If you had oatmeal, porridge, or congee (similar to oatmeal, popular among Asian students) this week, turn around five times.
  • If you had milk this morning, hop around the outside of the circle.
  • If you have ever had beans for breakfast, jog in place with high knees.
  • If you like low-fat yogurt, jump up and down five times.
  • If you slice banana into your cereal, bend down and touch the floor five times.
  • If you eat breakfast every morning, jog backwards around the outside of the circle.

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 6.5.1, 7.5.1
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.5-8.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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