Grade 3 Classroom Activities and Lesson Ideas

Learn as a class about where foods come from including how foods are grown, where they are grown, different varieties of food, different forms food comes in, how they are used and processed, etc.

  • Take a field trip to a local farm or on-line tour 
  • Exploring Where Food Comes From lesson from Teach Food First
  • Cut out produce pictures from grocery store flyers and paste them on a map to show where they came from 
  • Curious Cook video series from Teach Nutrition
  • Food Adventures with Felix the Farmer from Teach Nutrition 
  • Class Discussion: What are ways that foods are processed (cooking, baking, freezing, dehydrating, canning)? How does this allow us to have a safe food supply? Why is having processed foods important (I.e., allows us to have shelf-stable foods that don’t require refrigeration, fresh foods are less accessible in Northern communities).
  • Traditional Ways of Preserving Foods lesson from Hands on Food
  • Foods of the World Research Poster from Alberta Health Services
  • Value of Food from OPHEA 
  • Explore the parts of the plant and the different parts of vegetables and fruit that can be eaten. For example, carrots (roots), stems (celery), leaves (spinach), flower (broccoli), fruit (tomato), and seeds (beans) 
  • Class Discussion: How does what we eat impact the environment? How can we prevent food waste? (for example, storing foods properly, not taking more food than you can eat, composting scraps). How can we use less food packaging? (for example, using reusable bags and water bottles)
  • Eating in Season from Food is Science

Explore local and cultural foods

  • Taste the tradition by Health Canada
  • Traditional First Nations Food Lesson Plans from Teach Nutrition: Food is a Gift
  • Nüton’s Picks What does the world eat for breakfast – Nüton (nuton.ca) – Watch video and then share what you eat for breakfast in your house, are there foods in the video you’ve never seen before?
  • Foods from Around the World Activity from Nutrition Education Consulting 
  • The Mysterious Ingredient: Story and Book by Teach Nutrition
  • Class discussion: The Healthy Respectful Lunchroom (Good in Every Grain)
  • Explore foods from different cultures through books: Bilal Cooks Dahl by Anoosha Syed, Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard, Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park, Magic Ramen: The Story of Monofuki Ando by Andrea Wang, Freedom Soup by Tami Charles, What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food by Whitney Steward, My Food, Your Food, Our Food by Emma Carlson Burne and Pancakes to Paranthas: Breakfast Around the World by Alice B McGinty

Oral Health

Body Image Activities

  • Class discussion: What are some of the things that you enjoy doing or that make you happy? How does your body help you do that?
    • Video games – brain, hand/eye coordination, sports – different muscle groups, reading – eyes, listening to music/playing music – ears/hands/brain etc.
  • Video: Body Image by McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • Explore books about different body shapes, sizes and abilities:
    • Nuton Picks Book List
    • Shapesville by Andy Mills and Becky Osborn 
    • Bodies are Cool by Tyler Feder
    • Your Body is Awesome by Sigrun Danielsdottir
  • Beyond Images by NEDIC (Designed for Gr. 4-8 but may be adapted for younger grades)