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Yogurt (3-5)

9 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Health
Grade: 
3, 4, 5
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This lesson includes a discussion of yogurt and identification of its nutritional benefits. At the end of this lesson, students should be able to identify the food group yogurt belongs to (dairy) and other benefits of yogurt. They will be able to identify the different kinds of yogurt, the nutritional benefits of yogurt, it’s taste and appearance.

Key objectives for students
To expose students to yogurt, its nutritional benefits, appearance, and taste
Identify which food group contains yogurt
Discuss the varieties of yogurt
Discuss ways to enjoy yogurt
List three main nutirients in yogurt
Secondary subjects
Agriculture Science, Health and Nutrition
Topics
Healthy choices regarding food, The five food groups Nutritional benefits of healthy food
Skills
Communication skills
Values
Curiosity, Optimism
Methods
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.

How to Serve

  • Fill small cups with yogurt
  • Pass out spoons and cups filled with yogurt
  • Ask questions such as “Do you like the taste of yogurt”, “What kind of items would you like to eat with your yogurt, such as berries, granola, etc.?”
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 vanilla yogurt
  • Purchase small cups
  • Purchase small spoons
  • Provide gloves for those handling food
Materials needed

Dairy

  • Container of yogurt to show and yogurt for tasting
  • Small cups
  • Small spoons
  • Gloves for those handling food

VISUALS
Yogurt Handout
Container of yogurt

Time Exercise Description
9 Minutes Discussion
Implementation

Discussion

  • Hello Nutrition Ninjas!
  • Today we are going to talk about yogurt!
  • Who likes to eat yogurt?
  • What food group is yogurt in?
  • Yes, yogurt is in the dairy group because it is made from milk.
  • Do you know where milk comes from?
  • That’s right, most of our milk comes from cows.
  • Yogurt is thick and creamy and comes in many different flavors!
  • What are some of your favorite yogurt flavors?
  • Yogurt can be eaten at any time of day. You can have it for breakfast or as a snack by topping it with fresh fruit, granola, or nuts.
  • What are some of your favorite ways to eat yogurt?
  • Yogurt is made from milk. First, milk is heated, then it is cooled and fermented. Fermenting is when the acid in the milk interacts with the bacteria in the milk. This thickens and creates yogurt!
  • Yogurt is healthy for your body because it contains protein, calcium and probiotics!
  • Protein helps our muscles grow and keeps us strong.
  • The calcium in the yogurt keeps our bones strong and helps our body use up all the energy from the other foods that we eat.
  • Yogurt contains lots of probiotics as well. Probiotics keep our digestive system running smoothly and our stomachs happy!
  • Let’s try some today (give yogurt samples)!
  • So what does everyone think about yogurt? Do you like it?
  • I also have something about yogurt for you to take home with you today (Pass out Yogurt Handout).
Assessment Opportunities

At the end of this session, each student should be able to answer 3 questions correctly. Questions can be “What does a probiotic do for your body?”, “What is yogurt made from?”, and “Why is calcium good for your body?”

Standards assessment

Grades 3-5 Health and PE state-by-state standards_Yogurt
Grades 3-5 Science state-by-state standards_Yogurt

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science Grade 4
STRAND: NGSS.4-LS. LIFE SCIENCE
TITLE 4-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATION 4-LS1-2.
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 yogurt, and show them the Yogurt Handout. Encourage students to share with their family members a new fact they learned, such as “Greek yogurt has about 2 times the protein of regular yogurt” and report back if their families knew this fact.