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Short description of activity: Use the RiseVT MyTray poster for students to draw or collage their favorite meal, or a balanced meal they would eat in the cafeteria.

Type of activity: Food and Nutrition

Minimum Time Needed for Activity: 30 minutes +

Grade Level: K – 4th

Subject Area: Food and Nutrition, Health


  • Print the RiseVT MyTray poster on tabloid- or legal-sized paper.
  • If collaging or drawing, set out supplies appropriate to that class. 
    • Magazines, grocery store advertisements, pictures students take and print.
  • Glue, scissors, colored pencils, markers, etc.

Set up:

  1. Review the six food groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy, Protein, Grains, Sometimes) and discuss examples of each.
  2. Distribute materials to each student with the prompt “make a healthy meal with foods from the healthy food groups.”


  1. Have students partner share or share with the class what items they chose for their tray. 
    • If drawn, help students label what items they drew.


  • Change prompt to:
    • “Favorite meal,” 
    • “Foods you would like to try,”
    • “If you were cooking the meal, what would you make?”
  • Laminate the page to be used as a placemat. Include information from or Serving Up MyPlate


ELA Standards > Speaking and Listening > Comprehension and Collaboration; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Health Education Standards: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7

National Core Arts Standards: 1, 3, 4, 5

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