1. Learn: Can healthy foods be tasty?

Learning objective and success criteria:

  • To understand the Happy Snacks unit
    • I know what we will be learning about during the unit
    • I can suggest what it means to be independent in my learning

Lesson summary:

  • Look at thought-provoking pictures about food and eating.
  • Create a Know-Wonder-Learn table in their Journal.
  • Write down questions they have about healthy eating.
  • Read out loud story about visiting the zoo and the nutrients that animals need to stay healthy.
  • Discuss the structure of the project: Learn, Grow and Cook sessions.
  • Discuss what children are expected to learn and do by the end of the unit.
  • Explain the Weekly Menu task that children are asked to complete with parents.
  • Review whether children have understood the key ideas of the lesson, using formative assessment questions and re-explaining certain concepts if needed.


Read out loud: Picnic at the zoo

Susan was excited about the picnic to the zoo that she was going to, with her class. She had read about the zoo but had never been to one before. She wondered which animals she would get to see. Her friends and she couldn’t stop making plans for the day.

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Finally, after much waiting, the day of the picnic arrived. When entering the zoo Susan noticed the sign: ‘DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS’. She wondered why feeding animals was not allowed because food surely makes animals happy. As they started walking, they saw birds- cockatiels and parakeets feeding on seeds and some fruits. They seemed happy and chirped all along. Susan thought of the apple in her bag and was tempted to share it with the happy birds but remembered the sign.

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Walking some more, Susan saw a magnificent giraffe who ate leaves from the tall trees in the cage. How beautiful she thought- tall trees for the tall giraffe! She wondered if the giraffe drank rainwater that fell straight from the sky or dipped his tongue in a pond. A little further, she saw some elephants eating some leaves. She began to observe every animal’s food. The tigers and lions ate meat, the deer and antelope ate grass, the tortoise ate fresh leaves and cucumber. The monkeys enjoyed bananas while the squirrels ate nuts. Suddenly, she heard her classmates squeal with delight. She was curious then was happy when she found out about feeding time!

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Some of the hippos were going to be fed by the zoo staff which the students could see. “Woohoo!” Susan exclaimed! Tony who worked at the zoo came cheerfully and lay a huge stack of grass for the four hippos which they ate hungrily. Tony pointed out that the enclosure was filled with pieces of bread, a few biscuits, nuts and crisps. He told students that these items can harm the animals because every animal is supposed to eat the right kind of food for the right nutrients. Nutrients are substances provided by food that the body needs for nourishment and growth. He said that although we love watching animals eat, it is best to visit the zoo during feeding time and not feed the animals ourselves.

Susan understood what Tony meant. Just like human beings do not eat grass, animals do not eat crisps and biscuits. She decided not to feed the animals any of her own food.

It was lunch time and all the talk about food had made Susan very hungry. She quickly ate the sandwich and crisps her mother had packed for her. The teachers had a special surprise for everyone – each student got a glass of fresh orange juice with their meal. Susan sipped the juice and thought of the thirsty giraffe. But no, she was not going to share any of her food with the animals!