Fourth Grade

Nutrition Pathfinders

Nutrition Curriculum for Forth Grade

Teaching the Skills for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

Upper elementary is a critical time for students to understand and practice healthy eating habits since they are making more decisions on their own each day. This seven-lesson 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 Nutrition Pathfinders 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 Science, Social Studies, Health, Language Arts, Math 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
Nutrition Pathfinders teaches fourth grade students about:
  • all five food groups, their main nutrients and roles in the body
  • reading a Nutrition Facts Label
  • analyzing their food and activity records to make goals for improvement
  • measuring appropriate serving sizes
  • the importance of balanced meals and practicing to make good choices!

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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Program Evaluation Reports

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

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What You Receive

Nutrition Pathfinders 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 Nutrition Pathfinders 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 fourth 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 fourth grade nutrition lesson plans.

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

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