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Unit 1 – Food and Nutrition

Lesson 14: Lunchbox Lesson Plan

Learning Intention

The students will use their knowledge of good nutrition, healthy eating and planning choices in creating a healthy lunchbox. They will be better able to make informed decisions about what they should be consuming throughout their day to help in keeping their body healthy.

Introduction to Healthy Lunchbox

To introduce the idea of a healthy lunchbox to the students, choose one of the following activities:

Letter Unjumble
Print and use the letters in the Letter Unjumble (U1L14R1) handout to spell out the words Healthy lunchbox. This can be done as a while class activity, or reprinted to be used as a small group activity. The first group to unjumble the word is declared the winner.

Once the phrase has been unjumbled, the students are to spend 2 – 3 minutes noting down what they think the phrase Healthy Lunchbox could mean, and what one might look like. (N.B. a healthy lunchbox can look different for every student).

Healthy Lunchbox Hangman
Using a whiteboard or paper, play a game of hangman using the phrase “Healthy lunchbox”. Ask students to give a their idea of what this phrase might mean.

Activity A

Recap the content of the video that the children have viewed in the previous lesson: ‘What Should I Eat Today?’ which discusses the influences of why we choose certain foods throughout the day. Re-view the segment that focuses on the lunch aspect of the video, which is from 2 minutes 29 seconds through to 3:07. Stop the video at 3:07, and brainstorm all of the various food choices given for a healthy lunch. Ask the children if they can you name the food groups that the various foods belonged to.

Activity B

What should a healthy lunchbox look like?
Show the word “Portion” on a piece of paper or on the whiteboard. Invite students to share their idea of what the word means, and how it relates to food. Brainstorm: how much food do you think might be in a portion of fruit? Of vegetables? Grains? Protein Foods? Dairy? Recap the information in the Healthy Food Plate lesson if needed.

Lead the conversation to food allergies and potential issues that can be a result from them. Briefly discuss anaphylaxis. See Teachers Notes: Food Allergies (U1L14R7) for more information. What could we include in an allergy friendly lunchbox? What would we avoid packing in our lunchbox?

Show the children the three packed lunchboxes on the PDF Which Lunchbox? (U1L14R2) Ask the children to decide which lunchbox has the best options for a healthy lunch. Give them 1 minute to discuss with the other students around them. They must be able to explain their choice. Students are invited to share their response with the lass.

Show the class the A Balanced Lunchbox (U1L14R3) and after class discussion, ask them if their response to the Which Lunchbox? (U1L14R2) has changed. Discuss.

Activity C

Create your own healthy lunchbox
Using either the A Healthy Lunchbox Looks Like (U1L14R4) worksheet provided, or by using the the Healthy Lunchbox Ideas(U1L14R5) worksheet, the children create their own healthy lunchbox to be displayed around the room, it can be printed out and displayed.

Activity D – Assessment

In groups of 2 – 3, the children design a menu for a healthy lunch, remembering to include all the core elements as noted on the Success Criteria (U1L14R8) for this task, and that each of the five food groups is represented and available to be chosen from the menu. The menu can be presented using available digital media / apps currently used in the school, on paper or card or in their workbooks.