Third Grade

Shaping Up My Choices

Teaching the Skills for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

Third grade is an essential year to teach students the skills they need to apply problem-solving, reasoning and critical thinking techniques to their food choices. Shaping Up My Choices nutrition program aligns to education standards, uses a proven behavior-change model and helps students develop healthy eating habits that will help them succeed in the classroom and beyond! 

Teachers love Shaping Up My Choices because:

  • they see students making healthy choices and sharing their knowledge with peers and family
  • it gives them a fun way to apply the Common Core State Standards and easily integrates into Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health or Physical Education units
  • they know nutrition is a vital topic that isn't included in the standard curriculum
  • a 30-minute online teacher training gives them a foundation in nutrition concepts

 Shaping Up My Choices nutrition lessons teach third grade students about:

  • all five food groups, their main nutrients and roles in the body
  • the importance of eating balanced breakfast and lunch
  • how to read a food label
  • how to measure healthy portion sizes
  • what healthy beverage choices look like
  • how to get active for 60 minutes a day

Nutrition programs are free to California teachers and available for a nominal cost for teachers from other states.

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When nutrition is added to the curriculum students:

When nutrition is added to the curriculum students:

  • Discuss nutrition with friends and family.
  • Make better choices in the lunch line and grocery store.
  • Hold each other accountable for making healthy choices.
  • Bring healthier snacks to school.
  • Enjoy sharing their stories about nutrition.
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Evaluation Reports

In addition to aligning to education standards, Shaping Up My Choices underwent rigorous field testing with teachers and students to ensure that students gained knowledge and exhibited positive behavior change.

Read the summary evaluation report as well as the full report.

What You Receive

Shaping Up My Choices includes the following components. Reorder student workbooks each year but use the supporting materials year-to-year.

To download your teacher guide and other resources, login to the Shaping Up My Choices page.

  • Teacher Guide
  • Student Workbooks (English and Spanish)
  • Master Documents
Rave Reviews: What Are The Teachers Saying?

Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for third grade have undergone rigorous field testing to evaluate student outcomes. This process helps us to refine the lessons until they become teacher-friendly, fun for students and effective.

Here is what teachers are saying about these third grade nutrition lesson plans.

Dairy Council of California programs and nutrition lesson
plans align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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