The class creates dance moves based on how they feel when they eat their favorite, healthy, dinner foods.
Students will share how eating a healthy dinner makes them feel.
||Chalkboard with chalk or poster board with markers
- Gather the students into a large circle.
- Remind them why it is important to eat healthy foods for dinner (because healthy dinner foods refuel the body with energy spent during the day).
- Ask them for a few examples of healthy dinner foods. Remind them that foods and drinks high in fat and/or added sugar (such as fried chicken and soft drinks) are not the healthiest options and should not be eaten often because they can slow our bodies down.
- Tell the class you are going to create another "Food Dance," but this time with dinner foods.
- Quickly brainstorm some "feeling words" with them (happy, excited, calm, refreshed, etc). Write the words down on the board or paper.
- Ask them to think of their favorite, healthy dinner food, how it feels to eat it, and to think of a movement to show that feeling (see below for ideas).
- Explain that they will each say the name of their favorite healthy dinner food while they do their movement.
- You should give the first example. You can say "grilled chicken" as you jump up and down to show "excited."
- Make your way around the circle. Have the group imitate each student after her or his turn. If a student names a food or drink high in fat or added sugar, gently guide her or him to think of a healthier choice.
- If time permits, review the foods mentioned and reinforce the importance of eating a healthy dinner every day.
Some movement ideas are:
- To show "full," rub your tummy
- To show "happy," twirl around
- To show "refreshed," stretch your arms high above your head
- To show "fast," pump your arms
Once every student has had a turn, challenge individual students to repeat the foods and movements of as many students as possible.
Healthy ("Go") Dinner and Dessert Foods and Drinks:
||pasta with tomato sauce
||rice and beans
Less Healthy ("Slow") Dinner Foods and Drinks:
||General Tso’s chicken
||fried fish sticks
||high fat pepperoni pizza
||sweet & sour chicken
Related National Standards
Further information about the National Standards can be found