Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives Grades 3-6

Designed for grades 3 - 6 and divided into three categories: THINK, EAT, and MOVE Healthy, the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives® instructional activities provide step-by-step directions to carry out these easy-to-use lessons in your classroom.

Instructional Activities


It’s about understanding what being healthy means and setting meaningful and reachable goals about nutrition and physical activity.

Think Healthy Thoughts (With Activity Sheet)

Healthy Travels

What’s on Your Plate?

MyPlate My Plan

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Healthy Activities

How do we eat healthy? By incorporating three factors into our daily meals: Variety, Balance, and Moderation.

Get to Know the Food Groups

Healthy Steps for Healthy Decisions

A Drop in the Bucket

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Healthy Activities

It is universally recommended that elementary school-age children accumulate a total of at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Move Healthy Your Way

Moves You Can Use

All About Moving Healthy

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Healthy Activities

Classroom Tools for Parent Communication

Send the Healthy Family Connections home to parents and caregivers to communicate what students are learning about in your classroom through the Healthy Steps through Healthy Lives lessons.

Healthy Steps for Healthy Families (3-6)

Meeting National Education Standards

The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives lessons are tied to National Curriculum Standards in all academic areas.

Third Grade Standards

Fourth Grade Standards

Fifth Grade Standards

Sixth Grade Standards

Nutrition and Physical Activity Backgrounder

The purpose of the backgrounder is to provide educators with a review of knowledge necessary to facilitate the instructional activities in the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives program.

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Planning Resources

Additional Teaching Materials

Food Cards – Teacher Version

50 display size Food Cards picturing healthy foods from the five food groups. These cards are used in several of the EAT Healthy Activities and can be used for a variety of additional instructional purposes including games, sorting, graphing, and researching.

Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives MyPlate Poster or Handout

This poster is a colorful and motivating visual learning tool that is used throughout the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives lessons. It represents the key messages of the USDA MyPlate icon and can be used to help students learn about nutrition and physical activity year-round.

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