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Inspire Healthful Reading Using Unconventional Texts

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Inspire Healthful Reading Using Unconventional Texts

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time One 30-minute session
Lesson Author

International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Interactive white board, dry-erase board, or chart paper

  • Shelf-stable and refrigerated foods for display

  • Magnifying glasses

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  1. Visit and bookmark Kids Health: Figuring Out Food Labels and the Venn Diagram on your school or classroom computer(s).

  2. Download, read, and print, if desired, Spot the Block: Tween Tips, Spot the Block for Snacks, Food Facts: A Key to Choosing Healthful Foods, and Eating Healthier and Feeling Better Using the Nutrition Facts Label.

  3. Personalize and print the Inspire Healthful Reading Objective Checklist.

  4. Preselect foods for display in this lesson. Your selection should include a healthy sweet snack and a corresponding special treat. Some examples are strawberries and strawberry pie, an apple and apple pie, and a carrot and carrot cake.

  5. Visit Self Nutrition Data: Know What You Eat to select food labels for printing. Creating an account isn’t necessary; simply enter the name of your food in the upper right-hand corner search box that says “Enter food name,” and click “Search.” If you’re searching for a common food, such as an apple, you may need to select the exact description of that food from a list.

  6. Print the labels that correspond to the foods you have chosen for display, and attach the labels to the foods if none are already included on the packaging.

  7. Place a colorful variety of prepackaged, shelf-stable, and refrigerated foods on a table, and cover the arrangement with a tablecloth so you can surprise students with them at the onset of the lesson.

  8. Collect enough child-safe magnifying glasses for pairs of students to share. Place them in a basket or box on the table with the food items.

  9. Specifically prepare apple, apple pie, strawberry, strawberry pie, carrot, and carrot cake containers.

  10. Preselect pairs of students for independent practice during the lesson.

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