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Nutrition Education Program School Enrichment


FREE nutrition kits for K-5th grade classrooms are offered to qualifying (50% or greater free or reduced lunches) Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska USA (Only teachers in these specific schools can request a kit)

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YESNO, I do not teach in a QUALIFYNG LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS classroom! Sorry, but we will not be able to provide you with a kit. Contact your local Extension office for resources. Find your local office HERE

These kits are funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program federal grant. The kits are administered through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County and Nebraska Health and Human Services.


Nutrition Education Program (NEP) School Enrichment Kits & Descriptions:


FOR KINDERGARTEN:

Food Fun! Kindergarten youth discover food is fun as they learn:

  • Food is important to good health
  • The basic food groups
  • About healthful foods with the "Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie"

Fifteen different activities are available to teach kindergartners how to make healthful food choices. They will use all five senses to explore foods, conduct an experiement to learn fruit is healthier than candy and even grow their own vegetables!


FOR FIRST GRADE:

Healthy Me! Join Dairy Council's "CHEF COMBO" as he helps first graders discover:

  • Why their bodies need food
  • How their bodies use this food
  • How to plan a balanced meal
  • How to choose healthy snacks

Enjoy teaching first graders the importance of eating healthy foods through group lessons, activities and hands-on learning.

They will meet the 5 food groups puppets, wear the "What's Inside Me" apron, make sentences with food pictures, watch bread turn moldy, and much, much, more!


FOR SECOND GRADE:

Pyramid Party! Through a variety of activities, second graders discover:

  • Why we need food
  • The digestion process
  • How to make healthful food choices
  • The definition of a combination food

Using actual food samples (provided), second graders determine fat content of snack foods and how to make healthful decisions. By chewing a cracker, students will learn how food changes, what happens after swallowing and design a model digestive system. Reading "Why We Need Food" will encourage healthful eating everyday!

Nutrition Education in the Classroom

About the Kits

**FREE OF CHARGE to Lincoln Public Schools that qualify

**Meets health curriculum objectives for nutrition unit

**Available for 3-week check out

**Contains five 1-2 hour block lesson plans, plus additional activities

**Delivered directly to your classroom

**Initial handwashing presentation to classroom by NEP staff

**Culminating classroom food preparation activity by NEP staff

**All supplies provided

**Teacher documentation of hours required

For more information, contact:

Karen Wobig, Extension Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A
Lincoln, NE USA 68528
402-441-7180
http://lancaster.unl.edu


FOR THIRD GRADE:

Let's Eat Smart ! Third graders discover:

  • Nutrients
  • Food labels
  • Ways to have a balanced diet
  • Safe storage of foods

Watching a video of food commercials, students evaluate advertising messages and how to use this information when making food choices. "Food Alphabet," "Let's Make a Meal," and "Bubble Blow-up" teach healthful, balanced eating. They will especially enjoy graphing juice contents of common drinks in the "Is it a Fruit?" activity.


FOR FOURTH GRADE:

Rate that Plate! Fourth graders will enjoy learning about:

  • Nutrients
  • Using the MyPyramid to make healthy food choices
  • How eating healthy foods makes them feel good
  • Safe handling of food
  • E.A.G.A.H.B.E.D.D. (eat a good and healthy breakfast every day, day)

Nutrition knowledge will grow when you teach them the importance of healthy eating through constructing a food pyramid, playing "Fast and Healthy" tic tac toe, and learning food safety tips in the "Don't Get Bugged" bingo game.


FOR FIFTH GRADE:

F.S.I. - Food Science Investigator Kit for Fifth Grade. Fifth graders' curiosity will quickly peak as they investigate:

  • What and why nutrients are important
  • How to use the Food Pyramid for a balanced diet
  • Comparison of food labels
  • Food safety

Your class will build a human pyramid, determine just how much sugar they consume from soda pop, experiment with touching food with washed and unwashed hands, discover what the "BAC-attack" detectives find out, and play "Who Wants to be a Healthy Snacker".

This material was funded in part by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, call 1-800-430-3244.

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