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Oats (3-5)

9 minutes
Primary subjects: 
3, 4, 5
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This lesson includes a discussion of oats and identification of its nutritional benefits. At the end of this lesson, students should be able to identify the food group oats belong to (grain), and other benefits of oats. They will be able to explain what whole grains are, where and how oats are grown, and popular foods made with oats. Lastly, they will also identify why oats are good for your body.

Key objectives for students
Expose students to oats, their nutritional benefits, appearance, and taste.
Identify which food group contains oats
Discuss how oats are grown
Discuss benefits of eating whole grains
List one main nutrient in oats
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 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.


  • Prepare the oatmeal as instructed on oatmeal
  • Pass out small cups filled with .5 ounce of warm oatmeal
  • Add brown sugar according to preference
  • Add milk if desired
  • Let cool slightly; Serve warm, not hot
  • Ask questions such as “Do you like the taste of oatmeal?”, “Would you like oatmeal for one of your meals during the week?”
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 tasting activities for students with food sensitivities.

Two days

  • Purchase a container of oats and prepared oats for tasting
  • Use cups and spoons for serving
  • Provide gloves for those handling food
  • Purchase milk
  • Purchase brown sugar
Materials needed


  • Cups and spoons for serving
  • Gloves for those handling food
  • Buy Quaker Oats oatmeal and prepare as directed
  • Milk
  • Brown sugar
  • Small cups


Oats handout

Time Exercise Description
9 minutes Discussion


  • Hello Nutrition Ninjas!
  • Today we are going to talk about oats.
  • Does anybody know what food groups oats are part of?
  • Yes, they are part of the grain food group.
  • Within the grain group are whole grains, which are a healthier type of grain. Oats are whole grains.
  • Did anybody eat oatmeal for breakfast this morning? What do you like to add to your oatmeal?
  • How do you think oats grow?
  • That’s right, oats grow in a field.
  • After oat stalks are picked from the field they are cleaned and then roasted.
  • Oats can be cleaned differently to make different types of oats. Some of these are steel-cut oats, old-fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, and instant oatmeal (show the bag of oats).
  • Each kind of oat looks and cooks differently so they are used for different recipes.
  • Can anyone think of ways oats are used in foods?
  • Some popular foods that are made from oats are oatmeal, cookies, granola bars, and stuffing.
  • We know that whole grains are good for us and that means oats are too!
  • Oats are full of vitamins, nutrients, and tons of fiber that keep you strong and healthy.
  • Do you know why fiber is good for you?
  • Fiber keeps you healthy because it helps you fight off sickness, keeps you strong, keeps your body clean, and helps you feel full for a long time.
  • Oats are also good for your heart.
  • Has anyone ever tried oats? Let’s try some today!
  • I also have something about oats for you to take home with you today (pass out Oats Handout).
Assessment Opportunities

At the end of this session, each student should be able to answer three questions correctly. Questions can be as “Name some popular dishes with oats in them”, “Name a few physical characteristics of oats,” and “What are the health benefits of oats?”

Standards assessment

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

Grades 3-5 Science state-by-state standards_Oats

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

Students can discuss with family members what they learned about oats and show them the Oats Handout. Encourage students to share with their family members a new fact they learned, such as “Oats grow in a field” or “oats are good for your heart”, and report back if their families knew this fact as well.