Age and Grade Requirements
- Age: 5-6 years old
- Grade: Kindergarten
By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:
- Explore a variety of foods and their nutritional value.
- Understand basic concepts of healthy eating, cooking, and cultural foods.
- Develop an appreciation for diverse cuisines and the importance of balanced meals.
- Enhance language skills through food-themed storytelling and discussions.
- Gain exposure to basic concepts of nutrition, cooking, and cultural diversity.
Schedule (5 Days)
Day 1: Exploring Fruits and Vegetables
- Explore different fruits and vegetables and their benefits
- Engage in a “Fruit and Veggie Tasting” activity
- Arts and crafts: Create “Colorful Plate” collage with pictures of fruits and veggies
Day 2: Let’s Cook Together!
- Focus on cooking: Discuss simple cooking techniques and safety
- Engage in a cooking activity (e.g., making a healthy snack)
- Science activity: Observe changes in food during cooking
Day 3: Cultural Food Adventure
- Explore foods from different cultures and countries
- Learn about cultural dishes and their significance
- Reading a related storybook
Day 4: Building a Balanced Meal
- Focus on balanced meals: Discuss different food groups and their roles
- Engage in a “Balanced Meal Puzzle” activity
- Arts and crafts: Create “My Healthy Plate” using paper and craft materials
Day 5: Food Fun and Culmination
- Engage in food-themed games and activities (e.g., “Food Bingo”)
- Culmination activity: Create a class “Food Festival” with students sharing their favorite dishes
Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)
- “Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z” by Lois Ehlert Amazon Link
- “The Cookbook for Kids (Williams-Sonoma)” by Lisa Atwood Amazon Link
- “What’s Cooking?” by Joshua David Stein Amazon Link
Recommended Video Links
- Sesame Street: “Healthy Foods Song” YouTube Link
- Tasty Junior: “5 Healthy Snacks Kids Can Make” YouTube Link
- Kids Learning Tube: “Foods from Around the World” YouTube Link
Engage in a simple cooking activity, such as making a fruit salad or a yogurt parfait.
Observe Changes in Food: Demonstrate how food changes during cooking, such as how eggs turn from liquid to solid when fried.
Create a “Food Festival” where students share dishes from different cultures or their favorite healthy snacks, encouraging diversity and healthy eating.
Discuss the concept of gratitude and sharing in the context of food, exploring passages that emphasize the importance of being thankful for the provision of food (e.g., Psalm 104:14-15, 1 Timothy 4:4-5).