Perfect Portion

Objective

Objective
Learn about the importance of portion control to maintain a healthy weight.
Key Teaching Messages
Smaller portion sizes can give your body the amount of calories and nutrients it needs to live and grow.
Getting the right amount of nutrients is critical to healthy brain development and body growth in children.
Performance Standards
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
Common Core Standards: Kindergarten-Second Grade
Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4
Reading Literature:
Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
NIH Health Messages
Limit intake of high-fat and high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients.
Control portion sizes.
Make sure to have a sufficient fruit and vegetable intake every day.
Drink water and fat-free or low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Most of us know about the portion plate, but this lesson is really about how we eat with our eyes. We have to retrain our eyes to visualize the perfect portion! Using smaller plates will naturally create smaller portions.
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Music & Movement
The Good Food Song
This song, sung to the tune of Old McDonald’s Farm, offers a fun, interactive way for children to sing about their favorite vegetables. It’s also a great way to introduce new vegetables.
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Music & Movement
The Hello Song
Ask children to share some of the songs they sing at home as part of their bedtime routines. You can also sing a variation of this song, substituting the words good night for hello.
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Music & Movement
The Clean-up Song
Just like a family meal, clean-up time is a family activity as well. In school, this song can be used with any lesson, and is a nice way to keep children moving through clean-up activities.
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Art
Portion Plate
Portion Plate
Portion Plate
Materials
  • Markers
  • Model Magic
  • Paper plates
  • Popsicle sticks
  • School or tacky glue
  • Yarn
Instructions
  1. Give each child glue and a small ball of model magic.
  2. Encourage children to use model magic and yarn to create healthy food options.
  3. Use markers to color in the model magic.
  4. Use glue to affix foods to the appropriate sections of the portion plate.
  5. Set projects aside to dry.
Alternate Project
Materials
  • Collage materials
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Model Magic
  • MyPlate Template copied onto cardstock
    Yarn
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Prepare a premade plate that clearly shows that half the plate is for fruits and veggies. Try to talk about protein and grains in the simplest terms. Visuals can really help get the message across.
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Literacy
The Big Hungry Bear
The Big Hungry Bear
The Big Hungry Bear
Overview
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood, helps children develop math language, while emphasizing the importance of sharing.
Vocabulary
Math Words: whole, half, cut, mile, big, little
Action Words: smell, pick, cut, share, tromp
Descriptive Words: red, ripe, hungry
Animal Words: bear, mouse
Challenge Word: disguised, guarding
Alternate Books
Eat Your Dinner, Please
by Allia Zobel-Nolan

Mouse Mess
by Linnea Riley
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Children love this book because it’s all about sharing. Ask the children: How does the mouse’s portion change when he shares? Would eating half a strawberry make you feel full or would you still feel hungry?
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Did You Know?
 
Did you know that many sugared cereals are WHOA foods even though the label lists only 3 teaspoons of sugar?
It’s all about the portion size! Most people fill up the bowl. That’s more than double the recommended serving size, which makes the sugar content 6 teaspoons or more.
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Activities
Collect empty cereal, show, tissue, and delivery boxes of various sizes to help your child learn about scale and size. Enjoy building small, medium, and large structures together!
Use a variety of colored scarves to help children practice high and low, big and small movements as you dance to your favorite music.
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Recipes
Cook ground turkey in a pan with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Chop fresh tomatoes, green pepper, and iceberg lettuce into small bowls. Grate low-fat or fat-free cheddar cheese into a small bowl. Warm whole wheat tortillas in an oven and then layer ingredients into a shell, enjoy!
Practice measuring as you layer a ½ cup of plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt under a ½ cup of fresh or thawed frozen fruit. Then repeat and add a small handful of oat cereal on top for a wholesome crunch!
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Printables
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  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Good Food Song

    Perfect Portion

  • Teaching Health Through

    Art

    Art

    Portion Plate

    Perfect Portion

  • Teaching Health Through

    Literacy

    Literacy

    The Big Hungry Bear

    Perfect Portion

  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Hello Song

    Perfect Portion

  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Clean-up Song

    Perfect Portion

New Words
  • New Words

  • Amount
  • Full
  • Hungry
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    My children are very young. I am not sure if they really comprehended BUT they did enjoy helping to mold the clay as we made foods that look familiar to them. Afterwards my Assistants and i served them the chicken, pasta, blueberries and broccoli with a cup of yogurt. we were sure to watch our portions. it was successful because we ate with them. We have really been mindful of the sugar content in things.....
    SHONTE MCFADDEN 1 months ago
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    The children really liked to do the activity with the plates and the Perfect Portion Meal, and they were surprised for the sizes of each portion, some of them share ideas about singing a song about it, and they said they will be practicing it at home too. We were really excited!
    NATACHA DE 1 months ago
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  • This activity was fun for both the children and the staff. We were able to add more color (veggies/fruits) while maintaining the appropriate portion.
    Priscilla novas 1 months ago
  • This activity was fun for both the children and the staff. We were able to add more color (veggies/fruits) while maintaining the appropriate portion.
    Priscilla novas 1 months ago
  • The children was super excited
    Tanne 1 months ago
  • The children was super excited
    Tanne 1 months ago
  • The children was super excited
    Tanne 1 months ago
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    When I tried to practice de Perfect Portion Lesson at the daycare, the children loved the idea that they can have the power to controlled their healthy meals, they practice that every time we are going to eat.
    DOMINGO DILONE 1 months ago
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  • My students love singing Good Morning Songs before Morning Meetings, so I know they will enjoy the Yes Indeed Song! I will be introducing my students with this song, I can't wait to see their faces light up because they enjoy singing new songs!:)
    Karen Copeland 1 months ago
  • My nephew loves when I sing him to sleep. It cas him down when he's sleepy.
    Liza 1 months ago
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