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  1. Curriculum Training for Teachers Curriculum Trainingfor Teachers Nutrition Education for Kindergarten
  2. How to Fit Discover MyPlateinto Your Curriculum See Standards Charts in Teacher's Guide (pp. 10-15) Science Math Health English Language Arts Easy to integrate into day-to-day curriculum Aligned to national education standards
  3. Pacing Recommendations 6-week unit or Spread out over the school year
  4. Additional Tips to Extend Learning Physical Education Food Cards relay games Social Studies cultural diversity and foods foods grown in your State foods grown/eaten in history Science bean seed race class garden Math count/sort with beans English Language Arts shopping lists healthy poetry food alphabet list Team up for peer support or to co-teach
  5. School Wellness Policy Connection How do your current activities fit into the culture of wellness at your school? How can Discover MyPlate help promote a culture of wellness at your school? Review school/district’s policy. Identify your role in helping to implement and communicate the policy.
  6. Think Healthy in the Classroom Provide healthy play foods in dramatic play areas (fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk). Stock classroom reading corners with books about healthy habits and foods. Replace food rewards (candy/sweets) with non-food prizes and privileges.
  7. Celebrate Healthy Request that parents bring in healthier snacks (see Parent Handout: Snack Time! for ideas). Incorporate physical activity into celebrations.
  8. Show Healthy Use classroom decorations and posters that encourage healthier food choices. Limit decorations featuring sometimes foods, like cupcakes and candy. Create bulletin board displays featuring healthy food choices (fruits, vegetables) and physical activity. What are three ways you can create a healthier classroom?
  9. Model Healthy Taste Discover MyPlate Look and Cook Recipes with your class. Make healthy food choices. Be physically active.
  10. Connect to the Cafeteria in Every Lesson Explore workings of the cafeteria. Examine the school breakfast or lunch menu. Meet cafeteria personnel. Have you met your school’s nutrition professionals or Nutrition Services Director?
  11. Engage the Community Local farmers, grocers, community groups, and businesses (for food donations and/or funding) Local dietitians or dietetic students/interns Local Cooperative Extension staff Local chefs, culinary students Local gardens or school gardens
  12. Engage Parents Involve parents in healthier classroom celebrations. Ask your school's parent organization for help with Discover MyPlate. Send home information about school lunch and breakfast. Send home parent handouts, emergent readers, and STAR charts. Invite parents to Food Club activities.
  13. Make. Learn. Taste. “The food preparation activities are a great way to get kids to try new foods. They look forward to it each [week]. They ask ‘What are we going to make today?’” –Teacher, Pilot Study School Food Club activities: Provide opportunities to explorehealthy foods. Help children overcome reluctance to trying new foods. Build skills through hands-on experiences. Make learning fun. Help change eating behaviors.
  14. Food Club Tips “The Crunchy Rainbow Wrap (Lesson 3) was a big hit. I overheard ‘this was the best day ever.’” –Teacher, Pilot Study School Tips and Strategies: Consider location (classroom, cafeteria). Follow your school's food allergy policies. Use safe food-handling practices. Consider small groups, assembly lines, or partner teaching. Team up with parents, school nutrition services, and community chefs or dietitians.
  15. Food Allergies Soybeans Tree nuts Peanuts Wheat Milk Eggs Shellfish Fish Eight most common food allergens
  16. Know the Symptoms Flushed skin or rash Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth Dizziness and/or lightheadedness Coughing or wheezing Loss of consciousness Difficulty breathing Swelling of the throat and vocal cords Abdominal cramps Vomiting and/or diarrhea Face, tongue, or lip swelling Hives Food allergy symptoms can appear within a few minutes or a few hours.
  17. Food Safety Visit http://www.foodsafety.gov for more food safety resources Teach students about hand washing in Lesson 1 Follow food safety practices on page 5 of the Teacher's Guide