Healthy Choices, Healthy Me


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This curriculum engages students by providing opportunities to personalize health and nutrition concepts. In the first-grade program, students learn basic skills to identify healthy choices for eating and physical activity. The second-grade program is built around “The Market Mystery,” a story about agriculture and how food gets from
the farm to the grocery store. It aligns with the most popular and widely used textbooks adopted by the state for language arts, math, and science (published by Houghton Mifflin, Open Court, and Harcourt).

What’s inside: Teacher guide with cafeteria connections, student workbooks, and a box of multicultural food pictures; MyPyramid food poster; materials storage box; cafeteria connections activity; and the Market Mystery storybook.

Activity highlight: Activity 5 for second grade, “What’s for Breakfast,” features pictures of common breakfast foods that students select to create a healthy breakfast. Students work in pairs to combine food pictures into what they believe is a healthy breakfast. Students read part of the Market Mystery story to analyze what the
family in the storybook ate. Students complete their workbooks to select foods that would be part of a healthy breakfast, and they discuss the reasons for their food choices.

Nutrition competencies by grade:
Grade 1: 1a, (1b), c–h; 2, 5, 7, 8
Grade 2: 1a–h; 2, 5, 7, 8
(x)=partial addressing of the competency

Language: English and Spanish
Number of lesson plans: 10
Amount of time per lesson: 30–60 minutes
Estimated total time for lessons: 6.6 hours

Format: Hard copy
Cost: Free for California teachers; also available for purchase from out of state

Cafeteria connection: Yes
After school: Yes

Learning Registry Activity


    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 1 to 2

    Topics: Nutrition, Health Education, Health & Physical Education

    Resource Pedagogy

    Resource Type/Classification:

    • Student Materials
    • Teacher Materials
    • Interactives
    • Reproducibles
    • Reference Materials
    • Source Materials
    • Assessments

    Tool for: Teachers

    Beneficiary: Students