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Teaching with the MyPlate: Create a Personal Food Guide Plate

written by: Laurie Patsalides • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 9/19/2012

Looking for ways to teach children about the MyPlate food guide? Here students enjoy creating their own MyPlate and displaying their work in the cafeteria for all to see.

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    Lesson Plan Using MyPyramid

    myplate green Materials:

    • One blank MyPlate per student, available at
    • Pencils
    • Crayons
    • Construction Paper
    • Glue or glue sticks
    • Hole Puncher- optional
    • Yarn- optional

    Prior Knowledge:

    Review the food groups and the plate with the students from the last lesson(s). Ask the students to give the name of the plate.


    Show the students the poster that you have created of MyPlate from the previous lesson(s). Review each of the food groups, the names of food groups, the way they are placed on the plate, the list of foods that you created from each food group, and the color of each food group. List the name of each food group large enough for all students to see on the chalkboard.


    Tell the students that they are going to create a personal MyPlate.

    Pass out one plate to each student. The students will begin this activity by printing the names of the food groups in the appropriate box below the plate. Then, they will color each food group in the correct color. Last, they will glue their food guide plate to the construction paper for a display.

    Optional: as a fun celebration of learning about health, punch a hole at either side of the construction paper and tie a long enough piece of yarn through each hole for the students to be able to wear around their necks. Plan ahead and take a walk to the cafeteria (during non-lunch hours) to meet the cafeteria staff, and to tell of the learning experience. Perhaps the cafeteria manager will allow them to be on display in a safe place.

    Home school connection:

    Have the students take home a copy or two of the food intake worksheet to complete with parents. Older students could complete the worksheet independently.


    • Can students correctly spell the name of the food group?
    • Do students have the food groups in the correct order?
    • Did the students color the food group in the correct color?
    • Neatness in coloring and penmanship is always expected.