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Chicken (3-5)

9 minutes
Primary subjects: 
3, 4, 5
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This lesson includes a discussion on chicken and identify its nutritional benefits, its food group (protein), and its ingredients. List examples of how to enjoy chicken in a healthy manner. Students will also learn a few fun facts regarding chicken.

Key objectives for students
Expose students to chicken, its nutritional benefits, appearance, and taste
Identify which food group contains chicken
Discuss the protein food group
Discuss healthy ways to prepare and enjoy chicken
List three main nutrients in chicken
Identify how protein helps your body
Give examples of what iron, zinc or vitamin B12 does to help your body
Secondary subjects
Agriculture Science, Art, Health and Nutrition
Healthy choices regarding food, Five food groups, Nutritional benefits of healthy food
Communication skills
Curiosity, Optimism
Real-World Application
In Advance

There is no taste test for this lesson.

Materials needed
Time Exercise Description
9 minutes Discussion


  • Hello Nutrition Ninjas! Today we are going to talk about chicken!
  • What food group is chicken in?
    • That’s right, chicken is in the protein group.
    • All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, eggs, soy, nuts, and seeds are part of the protein foods group. Beans and peas are also part of the vegetable group. I know this is a long list of foods!
  • Who knows where chicken meat comes from?
    • That’s right, chicken meat comes from chickens. Chickens are usually kept on farms, but in some cities, people can keep chickens in their yards. Do you or any of your neighbors have chickens?
  • Who likes to eat chicken? How does your family make chicken?
    • There are many ways to prepare chicken: barbeque, fried, chicken wings, baked, and as an ingredient in many dishes like casseroles.
    • It’s important to remember that just because chicken can be healthy, when it is fried and a lot of oil or salt is added, it is not very healthy and should be eaten in moderation like the other foods we talked about it our first lesson. Does that make sense to everyone?
  • Does your family buy chicken from the store? Does anybody have their own chickens?
  • Another food associated with chickens are eggs. Chickens lay eggs.
  • Both chicken meat and eggs are packed with protein!
  • Your body uses the protein that you eat in foods to make lots of special protein molecules in your blood that have jobs. For instance, your body uses protein to make hemoglobin.
    • Can you say: HEE-muh-glow-bin? This is the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen to every part of your body.
  • The states that have the most chickens are Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Texas. Do we live in any of those states? Which state is the closest to us?
  • Proteins are used to build cardiac muscle. What's that?
    • Your heart! In fact, if you're running or just hanging out, protein is doing important work like moving your body, carrying oxygen to your body, and protecting you from getting sick.
  • In addition to protein, chicken also has iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.
    • Vitamin B12 helps to make red blood cells, and is important for our nerve cells to work well.
    • Iron helps blood carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body.
  • So who here likes to eat chicken? Next time chicken is served in the cafeteria or at your home, share some of what you learned with those you are eating with.
  • I also have something about chicken for you to take home with you today (pass out Chicken Handout).
Assessment Opportunities

At the end of this session, each student should be able to answer at least 3 questions correctly. Questions can be as simple as “Is chicken in the protein food group?” as well as open-ended questions such as “Name a nutritional benefit of chicken.” Other open ended questions for grades 3-5 can be “Name a healthy way to enjoy chicken,” “How does protein help your body?”

Standards assessment

Grades 3-5 Health and PE state-by-state standards

Grades 3-5 Science state-by-state standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Science Grade 4
TITLE  4-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Students who demonstrate understanding can: Use a model to describe that animals’ receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

Community connections

Take home discussion
Encourage students to discuss with family members what they learned about chicken, and show them the Chicken Handout. Share a fact they learned about chicken with family members.


Janet Welsh's picture
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:23

Janet Welsh


Great lesson thank you!