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Chickpeas (3-5)

9 minutes
Primary subjects: 
3, 4, 5
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This lesson includes a discussion of chickpeas, how they are grown, the main nutrients in chickpeas and why they are good for the body. At the end of this lesson, students should be able to identify the food group to which chickpeas belong (protein) as well as technically are in the fruit group as well. They will identify another name for chickpeas (garbanzo beans), how they can be served, their size, and color. They will be able to identify the health benefits of eating chickpeas. They will be able to identify why protein benefits your body and also what the mineral zinc does for your body as well.

Key objectives for students
Expose students to chickpeas, their nutritional benefits, appearance, and taste
Identify which food group contains chickpeas
Discuss how chickpeas are grown
Discuss ways to enjoy chickpeas
List three main nutrients in chickpeas
Secondary subjects
Agriculture Science, Health and Nutrition
Healthy choices regarding food, Five food groups, Nutritional benefits of healthy food
Communication skills
Curiosity, Optimism
Real-World Application
Background information for teachers

The majority of 9-Minute Nutrition Ninja lessons include taste tests of the day's lesson. We have provided an allergy form. Please provide this allergy form to all students approximately one week before the tasting activities to allow ample time for parents/guardians to read, sign, and return to the classroom.


  • Pass out chickpeas that have been placed in the cups to each student
  • Served room temperature
  • Ask questions such as “Do you like the taste of chickpeas?”, “Would you eat chickpeas again?”
In Advance

One week
Please provide a printed copy of the allergy form to all students approximately one week before the tasting activities to allow ample time for parents/guardians to read, sign, and return to the classroom. Check your school policies to understand how to handle food allergies and modify the tasting activities for students with food sensitivities.

Two days

  • Purchase a bag or can of chickpeas for tasting
  • Acquire small cups and gloves for those handling the chickpeas; pair of tongs


  • Place 2-3 rinsed chickpeas in small cups
  • Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the chickpeas with a small amount of salt and pepper
  • Serve at room temperature
Materials needed


  • Bag of chickpeas
  • Small cups
  • Gloves for those handling food
  • Tongs for passing out food

Chickpea Handout

Time Exercise Description
9 minutes Discussion


  • Today we are going to talk about chickpeas. Has anyone ever heard of chickpeas?
  • What food group are chickpeas in?
    • Yes, they are part of the protein food group.
  • Chickpeas are part of a group called legumes. Now this can be a bit confusing, but legumes are a type of fruit that grow in pods on vines in bean fields.
  • Even though they are a fruit they are so high in protein they are considered part of the protein food group, just like chicken. * There are lots of different kinds of legumes and they are all part of the protein food group.
  • Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans. Can everyone say garbanzo beans? (Show dried chickpeas).
  • Chickpeas are round, yellow-brownish beans. Chickpeas can be put into soup, salad, hummus, or eaten alone!
  • They can be eaten raw or cooked too.
  • Has anyone ever tried hummus? How did you eat it? With pita, veggies, or something else? Did you like it?
  • Hummus is a great snack full of protein that comes from the chickpeas it’s made of!
  • Are there other ways that you have tried chickpeas?
  • Chickpeas are very good for you.
  • They are full of protein, zinc, and folate!
  • The protein in the bean gives us lots of energy and keeps our body healthy.
  • Zinc is a mineral that helps us fight off colds and helps us smell and taste properly.
  • Folate is a vitamin that keeps our heart and blood super healthy.
  • Would anyone like to try a chickpea? Let’s try some today! (give chickpea samples)
  • I also have something about chickpeas for you to take home with you today (pass out Chickpea 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 “What is hummus made of?” as well as open-ended questions such as “Name a few health benefits of chickpeas”. Other questions can be “Name a few health benefits of chickpeas”, “What are the colors and texture of chickpeas?”, and “What is a legume?”

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
Students can discuss with family members what they learned about chickpeas, and show them the Chickpea Handout. Encourage students to share with their family members a new fact they learned, such as "Hummus is made from chickpeas" or "chickpeas are part of a food group called legumes, " and report back if their families knew these facts.