Have students record all of the foods they ate yesterday. Have them make another recording on the following day so that they have two days worth of data. Students will classify what they've eaten into six categories based on the food pyramid. Have students “build” their own pyramids based on their daily intakes by coloring the number of servings eaten in each category on the student worksheet. These worksheets should remain nameless and will be evaluated by a classmate in Activity 5B Analyzing a Food Pyramid.
It is suggested that all students use a standard coloring code, for example:
Bread group — Brown
Vegetable group — Green
Fruit group — Red
Protein group — Blue
Dairy group — Yellow
Sugar and Fat — Orange
NOTE: This activity is based on the 1992 USDA food guide pyramid.
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