Nutrition Education: Resources for Elementary School

Dig In! Posters

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition

These dynamic posters visually express the theme of the Dig In! unit – namely, the world of possibilities found in growing and eating fruits and vegetables. Display them in your classroom, the school cafeteria, and other places throughout the school to motivate students to choose more fruits and vegetables at meals and as snacks. Horizontal posters are 24 inches by 36 inches. Vertical posters are 36 inches by 24 inches.

MyPlate Blast Off Game MyPlate Blast Off Game

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

In this online game, students can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity.

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Classroom materials for elementary school teachers to integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. The curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon through a variety of hands–on activities.

The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4 (January 2013)


This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up (April 2013) Grades 5 and 6

United States Department of Agriculture.

Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

Pick a Better Snack™ (PDF | 711 KB)

Iowa Department of Health; Iowa Department of Education.

Campaign that encourages fruit and vegetable choices for snacks. Includes elementary classroom lessons, bingo cards, marketing materials, fact sheets, and family newsletters (newsletters are also available in Spanish).

Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag (2012)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Healthy eating and physical activity materials that can be placed in a bag for elementary teachers to share with the families of their students.

Discover MyPlate - Nutrition Education for Kindergarten

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Discover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children - kindergarten. Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks make learning about new foods fun for kids, while also helping them learn to read.

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Nutrition and dietary guidance for choosing a healthy lifestyle, with links to a variety of resources, including Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks. Look for guidance on building a healthy plate, SuperTracker to keep track of dietary intake and physical activity, and resources for consumers, educators, and health care professionals.