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Sort It!


3-14 Years Old


10 Min

What You Need

  • Six hula hoops (optional)
  • Laminated food cards or photos of various food items

To find out how this lesson fits Physical Education and Health Education standards click here.


Place the hula hoops into six separate areas of the gym. If hula hoops are not available, choose four corners and two middle areas of the gym. Label each hula hoop or area of the gym with the five food groups, (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, protein, plus one hula hoop for unhealthful food (to supplement the ‘Fast Food Alert’ lesson). Scatter the laminated food cards or photos throughout the gym. The goal is for students to run around the gym and sort the foods into the right food group.

For example, a photo of an orange goes in the fruit category. A photo of a steak goes in the meat category.

*For the Fast Food Alert lesson; have one more hula hoop labeled with unhealthful food and laminate fast food/unhealthful food for this hoop.

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