5th Grade Nutrition Education Lesson Plans

Fifth Grade

Nutrition Curriculum for Fifth GradeNutrition Pathfinders

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 lessons teach fifth grade students about:

  • basic healthy food and physical activity choices
  • measuring and remembering appropriate serving sizes
  • analyzing advertisements
  • choosing healthy foods for balanced meals
  • making good food choices at restaurants

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

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Your Program Materials

Nutrition Pathfinders includes the following components. Before teaching the program each year, reorder student workbooks and check to make sure you have all the materials available. If you are missing anything, please contact us.

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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Rave Reviews: What Are Teachers Saying?

Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for fifth 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 fifth grade nutrition lesson plans.

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