Classify Health Foods


Place students in groups of 4 and give each a number 1, 2, 3 and 4. Nominate number 1 as the scribe for each group. Number 2 will be the materials person for the session.

Ask them to select a name for their group that is an item of food they know is good for their body. The teacher writes the names of the groups on a whiteboard so points can be collected throughout the session.


Per group: One clip board, A3 sheet of paper, 4 pairs of scissors, 2 glue sticks an A3 piece of card, a packet of pencils, one whiteboard marker.



Ask Number 2’s from each group to come and collect a clip board, a piece of A3 paper and a pencil for the scribe to use.

Ask the students to brainstorm the foods they think are healthy to eat. Give students 5- 10 minutes to write a list of all the good foods they can think of.

Number 3’s from each group stand and shares 3 foods with the class. Each team has their turn but they must only nominate foods that have not been previously called. Teams receive a point for each food they read out. Keep going around the room with number 4’s and then 1’s and 2’s etc taking turns to speak. Teams can pass when they run out of foods.

Number 3’s come out to the whiteboard and add up the points for their team and write the total score. The highest scoring team are the winners.


Number 2’s collect a large piece of card for their group, 4 pairs of scissors and 2 glue sticks

Ask the group to draw a large circle on their sheet which will be their food plate. Cut out plate.

Ask the groups to cut out the words on their sheet from the previous activity and paste onto the Healthy Food Plate they have created, sorting the foods into the sub areas of classified food. EG Dairy (milk, yoghurt, cheese), Fruit, Vegetables and Legumes (lentils, peas,vegies) Grains/Cereals (bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles), Protein (lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes),

Peer Assessment

Pass their plate to another group who score them, 1 point per word on their plate in the correct section. Add points to their team on the whiteboard. Collect each group’s plate and display for further use.


If time allows take the students outside and play Healthy, Healthy Junk

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Before playing this game ensure the students understand that junk food (many processed snacks and many take away food items) contains high levels of sugar and fats. This is not good for the body. Only small amounts of sugars and good fats should be eaten daily.

Healthy, Healthy Junk is played along the same rules as Duck, Duck, Goose, but change the names to Healthy, Healthy, Junk. On Junk, the person jumps up and chases the healthy food. If the food is caught they move to the stomach pit (in the middle of the circle). Anyone chosen as junk has to do 20 star jumps to use up the energy and fats, once they have finished their turn.

Anyone caught and put into the stomach pit must do 20 sit ups or push ups before returning to the outside circle. (Ensure correct technique for push ups -(flat back and on knees at this age) and sit ups –(flat back and bent knees, hands near head, push forward until elbows touching knees).

Safety measure: Make sure you allow enough space around the outside of the circle for students to overtake one another. Ideally this game should be played on a grassy surface.

Further Variation – challenging

The person who is chosen as “Junk,” stands up, and so too, the 3 people sitting behind the “Junk” in a clockwise direction in the circle. All 4 chase IT and the last 2 back to their positions sit in the stomach pit until the next turn and begin their sit ups or push ups. Make sure you have a wide area around the outside of the circle for this variation of the game.

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