What are the five food groups? Milk (dairy), Meat (protein),
Vegetable, Fruit, and Grain.
Information on the food groups (written by Amanda)
pyramid shows you good eating habits. It helps you develop improved
health. The pyramid shows you what you need to eat to be healthy and how
much you need to eat. There are five food groups.
Milk is one of the five food groups. It is also know as dairy.
Milk has calcium, too. Milk makes strong bones and teeth. Milk
is also used to make cheese, yogurt, and pudding.
Protein is one of the five groups of food. Protein comes from animals
or plants. Protein builds strong muscles. Nuts, beans, eggs, and
meat are in the protein group.
Vegetables are one of the five groups of food. This food group comes
from plants. Vegetables have vitamins that help eyesight.
Another of the five food groups is fruit. Fruit comes from plants.
Fruit is good for healing cuts and bruises.
Grain is one of the five food groups. People need the most from this
food group. This food group gives you energy.
The five food groups are healthy for your body. Stuff that is not
healthy is in the others category. The food pyramid shows you the
right amounts of food to eat. Too much sugar and fat can cause
disease. Remember the five food groups!
Have your child make two categories-- one for foods that come from an animal and
one for food that comes from a plant. Cut pictures out of grocery store
ads and past them in the correct category.
Rhymes - what fruit rhymes with: fairy (cherry), bear (pear), beach
(peach), gum (plum), etc… For the older child you could have them write
their own little rhymes. Examples from Amanda:
Cherries oh so small
Have them it’s a ball
oh so red
want them in bed
Make a category for each of the five groups. Using grocery store ads cut
pictures out and put them with the right category.
Guide Pyramid for Kids
My Pryamid for
Kids (print this before you try to complete the coloring page)
Off! Interactive on-line game using Food Pyramid
(learning where salt water/fresh water is)
Make small paper fish from two different colors, such as red and blue.
Using a map, glue the red fish in the oceans as you identify each of the
following bodies of salt water (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean,
Artic Ocean). Glue the blue fish to fresh water areas such as the Great
The boy called for help when he realized the problem was bigger then he
could handle. Teach your child 9-1-1 and when to call.
A policeman helps to keep us safe by making sure that people obey the laws.
What are some laws that we should not break: speeding, stealing, not
throwing trash on the road, etc. Why do we have laws and why should we
obey them? Discuss how to safely cross a road – right, left, right. (Look
and listen before you cross)
A firefighter helps us by fighting fires and keeping people safe.
Sometimes a firefighter is called to accidents as well as fires. They have
special equipment to help keep them safe. The equipment may make them look
scary but don’t hide from them because they are there to help you. They
ride on a large truck that carries equipment they need.
Draw a blue
print of your house and plan an escape route. Decide on a meeting place outside.
Discuss stop-drop-and roll, crawling on the floor, and feeling the door handles.
Note from Helena: PRACTICE your plan. We discussed our plan many times but
never practiced it. One night the alarm went off and my daughter sat up in
bed and screamed. Later that day my daughter told me she was sure glad she
knew what to do in case of a fire, but she hadn't done anything but scream.
That is when I realized talking was not enough-- we must practice.
Paint a water scene. Make a fish out of paper and decorate it with
chalk. Then add it to your water scene.
Something fun we did one time was fish prints. After some friends went
fishing, we used some of the fish for an art project. You paint the fish
then press it down on a paper to get a fish print. The children had a
great time with this. (We did wear gloves.)
When you call 9-1-1, you need to know your address. Make sure your
child knows his/her address plus the following things: full name, parents'
names, address, and phone number. Draw a picture of your house and put
your address somewhere on the paper.
Letter of the week “F”.
Letter F Activities -- includes fun idea for fish (see below-- idea from
Preschool Express; visit their website for more great Fish ideas!)
Give your children medium sized
Let them cover their fish with water using a paint brush.
Then, have them paint the fish using water colors.
Variation: Make FAT FISH by stuffing and stapling two large fish shapes
Variation: Make FUNNY FISH by adding funny features to fish shapes.
Variation: Make a FLYING FISH by handing it from your ceiling.
Think up words that rhyme with fish!
think this book is true? Could it really happen? If you feed a
fish too much what would really happen? This book is considered
fiction because it is make believe.
(and a snack!)
Get a box of goldfish from the grocery store. Have your child count them
or use them as a manipulative for adding and subtracting.
Introduce tally marks and count how many times Otto has to be moved.
tally marks and count all the fish in the book.
In the front cover there are 12 fish. In the back cover there are 12
fish. Introduce a dozen. If you bought goldfish crackers from the
store, have your student show you one dozen fish crackers.
Gen 1:20 – 23 Talks about how God made fish on the fifth day of creation.
Let man rule over the fish in the sea
Read the story of Jonah to your child. Emphasize how God always knows
where we are and He is always with us.
1. Finger paint-- using a package of instant vanilla pudding with a few
drops of blue food coloring. Show your child how to paint waves like
the big waves that crashed over Jonah’s boat.
2. Using dress up clothes-- pretend you are going places: work, school,
store, church, etc… Remind your child that no mater where we go, God always
knows where we are and what we are doing.
out the story in the bathtub. Using a cup as the whale and bath toys.
4. Watch the Veggie Tales movie, Jonah
Learn to swim
“like a fish”.
Go to a pet
store or aquarium to see the fish. Consider buying a pet fish and teaching
your student how to care for it.
fishing pole and put string on it for the line. Add a magnet to the end of
the string. Draw a fish and place something on it that the magnet will
attach to. On each fish draw one of these parts of a fish: gills, fins,
eyes, mouth. When your child goes fishing see if he/she can identify the
Take a field
trip to a police station or fire station.
Fish Coloring Pages
Tons of fish! Includes color
by number and dot-to-dot
in a fish bowl
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