Students move about quickly in this game to gather clues about the healthy lunch foods taped to their backs!
Students will recognize a variety of healthy lunch foods.
||One paper or nametag per student, each with a different healthy lunch food written on it (see below for foods); Scotch or masking tape; and optionally, a radio or boombox
- Ask the students to form a large circle.
- Tell them you are going to play "Food Detective."
- Go around the circle and place a label on each of their backs. As you do, explain that each label has the name of a healthy lunch food written on it, and the object of the game is to try to figure out which food they are without looking at their label.
- Explain that they can only ask "yes" or "no" questions (e.g. "Am I a vegetable?"; "Am I eaten cold?").
- Tell them when you turn on the music (or say "GO!"), they should start dancing (hopping, sliding, jogging) around until you pause the music (or say "STOP!").
- Then, they should find a partner (the person nearest to them), and one partner should ask the other a "yes" or "no" question about their label.
- When the music starts again (or you say "GO!"), they should start dancing (or hopping, etc.) again.
- Once they figure out their label, they should take it off their backs and stick it on the front of their shirts.
- They can keep playing, only answering others’ questions, until everyone has correctly guessed their food.
- Ask them to state their healthy lunch foods and encourage them to eat nutrient-rich foods low in fat and added sugar from all five food groupings for lunch.
If time permits, you can challenge the students to group themselves by food grouping: milk and milk products; vegetables; fruits; grains; and meats, beans, and nuts.
Healthy ("Energy"/"Go") Lunch Foods for Labels:
- Milk and milk products—low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, low-fat mozzarella cheese, low-fat cheddar cheese, cottage cheese
- Grains—whole wheat bread, whole wheat tortilla, pretzel, rye bread, brown rice
- Fruits and vegetables—peach, apple, pear, grape, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry (whole fruit) jam, grape juice (natural)
- Meats, beans, and nuts—black beans, grilled chicken, turkey, tuna, peanut butter, almond, cashew, hummus
Related National Standards
Further information about the National Standards can be found here