A Nutrition WebQuest for 2nd Grade Students

Designed by
Tiffany Hurley
2nd Grade Teacher
Beechgrove Elementary
Independence, Kentucky

Email
thurley@kenton.k12.ky.us

 

 

 

 

                                                  

Introduction Task Process Resources Evaluation  Conclusion

Introduction

 Help! The Jolly Postman is busy delivering his letters, and all of this work is making him hungry.  What can we do to help?

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Task
 

Your goal is to plan a healthy meal for the Jolly Postman to help keep his energy up to finish his route.  He has lots of important letters to deliver today!  You are going to work in groups to create a delicious nutritious meal using foods from all 5 of the food groups.  Remember you need to include fruits and vegetables, breads or other grains, meat, chicken, or fish, good dairy foods and a small bit from the sweets group.
                                                                                   
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Process

Are you ready to create a great meal to help keep the Jolly Postman healthy?  Follow the directions below to get started.  Happy eating!
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Step #1
You will be working in groups of 4 and each of you will have a very important job!  You are each going to become an expert on one of the 5 food groups.  Keep reading to see what to do next.

Produce Manager:  Your job is to learn everything you can about fruits and vegetables.  We want to make sure that the Jolly Postman gets in his daily servings of this important food group.  What fruits and vegetables are you going to serve the Jolly Postman?  Remember he only needs 1 or 2 servings of fruit in a meal and 1-3 servings of vegetables in a meal.

Baker:  Your job is to learn everything you can about breads and other grains.   We want to make sure that the Jolly Postman gets in his daily servings of this important food group.  What breads or other grains are you going to serve the Jolly Postman?  Remember this is the biggest food group and the Jolly Postman needs 3 or 4 servings in his meal.

Butcher:  Your job is to learn everything you can about different kinds of meats and proteins.  We want to make sure that the Jolly Postman gets in his daily servings of this important food group.  What foods from the meat group are you going to serve the Jolly Postman?  Remember, you should only include 1 serving of meat for his meal!

Confectioner & Milk Man:  Your job is to learn everything you can about sweets and the dairy group!  Does the Jolly Postman need a lot of sweets to keep him healthy?  Create a yummy dessert to serve the Jolly Postman.  Can a dessert taste good and still be healthy?  What sorts of dairy foods could you serve to the Jolly Postman?  You should include 1-3 servings of dairy foods for his meal.  Remember you have to look at 2 food groups so get busy!

 

Step #2
How are you going to decide who will take each role?  I think it's you!!!  If you don't remember how to play "I think it's you!" ask Mrs. Hurley, your teacher, or a friend for help.

Step #3
Click on the blue words below that go with your job to find out where you are going to go on the internet to get started!

                                                            

Produce Manager                 Baker                    Butcher          Confectioner/Milk Man

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Step #4
On your job sheet, write down or draw a picture of what you would like to serve the Jolly Postman.  Hold on to your paper because we'll use it more later!  Remember you only need to write down the foods you are going to serve from your food group.  Your partners will add foods from the rest of the food groups.

Step #5
Use Mrs. Hurley's magazines to find pictures of the foods you chose or draw your own picture of your choices using any kind of paper you like or other materials around the room.  Make sure you only get pictures of the foods you wrote down on your job sheet and make it neat.  Remember, eating too much can make you sick--even if you're eating healthy foods.  We don't want the Jolly Postman to be so stuffed from over-eating that he can't continue to deliver his letters. 

Step #6
Once your whole group has finished their work, get a copy of your group's food pyramid and glue your pictures onto the area that goes with your food group.

Be careful when you glue!  You only need a dot or two.

Step #7
When your group has finished creating your food pyramid that shows the healthy foods you are going to feed the Jolly Postman, turn it in to Mrs. Hurley.  Then you can look at some of the neat links below under Resources to learn even more about good nutrition and ways to stay healthy!  If there aren't any computers available, that's ok!  You can get a pillow from the reading corner and read a book about nutrition or go to the Writing Center to write a letter to the Jolly Postman thanking him for coming to lunch.  Did he enjoy his meal?  You could also illustrate a picture of the Jolly Postman eating his delicious nutritious lunch!  Perhaps you could even write a letter to one of the other characters from the story.  What would you like to tell them?  You may choose what you would like to do, but remember you need to be thinking about good nutrition.  Work quietly until the rest of your classmates are finished!
                                                                                                        
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Resources

There are lots of games and activities you can play below.  If you need help with reading the directions, ask Mrs. Hurley, your teacher, or a friend for help.

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Grab a Grape will give you the answer to a question about good nutrition, but can you pick the right question?  Check 4 boxes of games you'd like to play and then click "Let's Play".  Pick either 1, 2, or 3 then the answer will come up on the side, and you just pick the choice that goes with the answer.

 

Go to the Dole 5 A Day site to learn even more about the importance about eating at least 5 servings of fruits a day.  There are lots of neat links, so get clicking!

 

 

  This is a fun site where you can play lots of neat games about good nutrition.  Click on the name of the game you'd like to play then follow the directions on the screen.  My favorite is Mission Nutrition.  Ask Mrs. Hurley, your teacher, or a friend if you need help.

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Evaluation

Making A Food Pyramid: Mission Nutrition


Teacher name: Mrs. Hurley
 

 

CATEGORY

4    Outstanding!!

3       Nice job!

2   Take your time!

1   Oops!  We need   to try again!

Accuracy

The pictures we put on our pyramid were all put into the correct food group.
            
            Hooray!!!

All of the pictures we put on our pyramid were put into the correct food group except for 1 or 2.

Most of the pictures we put on our pyramid were put into the correct food group.  We had 3 pictures in the wrong group.  Oops!

4 or more of our foods were not put into the correct food group.  We need to try it again!

Use of Class Time

We used time well during class.  We were focused on getting the project done. We didnít distract others while they were working.  
           
         Great job!!!!!

We used time well during class.  We usually were focused on getting the project done and didnít  distract others while they were working.

We used some of the time well during class. Our teacher had to help us get focused to get the project done and  we occasionally distracted others.

We didn't use our class time well!  We had a really hard time staying focused on the project.  We often distracted others.  We had to be reminded several times to stay on our topic.
We need to practice working as a team and staying on task!

Attractiveness

Our pyramid is neat and colorful and all of our pictures are neatly glued on our pyramid!  We took our time to make it look nice.

            Awesome!

Our pyramid is fairly neat and colorful and most of our pictures are glued neatly on our pyramid!  We took our time to make it look nice.

Our pyramid isnít very neat or  colorful.  Some of our coloring or gluing was a little messy.  We may have rushed a little too much.

Our pyramid was messy and disorganized.   Our coloring and gluing was very sloppy and we rushed to get it finished.  We need to try it again!

Group Work

Our group worked great together!  We were patient and listened to each otherís ideas.   Our teacher didnít have to help keep us working together.

Way to go!!!!

Our group worked well together!  We were pretty patient and listened to each otherís ideas.   Our teacher had to help keep us working together once or twice.

Our group didnít work very well together.  We werenít very  patient and had trouble listening to each otherís ideas.   Our teacher had to help keep us working together several times.

We had a very hard time working together.  We disagreed about how to do our project and couldnít work together.  Our teacher had to spend a lot of time keeping us together as a group.  We need to work on working together as a team!

 Click here for a printable copy of this rubric!

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Conclusion

                                      Mission Accomplished!

 

Congratulations!  You have helped keep the Jolly Postman healthy by making nutritious and delicious meals to share.  You are an official nutrition expert!  Remember to eat healthy and make good choices to keep your body strong and fit.

 

Please email any questions or comments about this WebQuest to

thurley@kenton.k12.ky.us

You can also check out our classroom website at
http://www.geocities.com/mrs_hurley

This WebQuest was created by Tiffany Hurley on July 31, 2003

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