Nutrition and The 5 Food Groups

“Food Groups,” introduces students to the five food groups: breads, fruit, vegetable, protein, and dairy. Students should understand that the foods they eat are made up of different proportions of nutrients. Students will learn how to classify the foods they eat into the 5 food groups and break down foods into main ingredients.

To make this lesson a playable game I decided to incorporate the game mechanics of the Chuck E. Cheese game “Football Toss”.  Students will be shown a picture of a meal and they would have to decide which food groups the meal fits into.  They would then have to decide what percentage of the meal is carbs, proteins, dairy, oils, fruits and vegetables.  For example:  Steak, Potatoes, and Asparagus = 40% Meats/Poultry/Fish/Nuts , 40% Carbohydrates, and 20% Vegetables.  After deciding the percentages students would have to toss 10 balls in respective holes representing the 5 food groups.

I drew up a mock version of the game and asked my girlfriend Tricia for feedback.  She thought it was a great idea.

My first idea for the mechanics of the game was to have students identify which food groups a meal belonged to and throw one ball into each food group hole.  Prof. Smith gave me the idea to incorporate percentages to make it more challenging.