Canada’s Food Guide Toolkit

Grades K-5
Subjects: Health, PDCP, Personal Wellness, Physical Education, You and Your World


The following resource was created in collaboration by the Centre of Excellence for Health and a Dietetic Intern with the Moncton Hospital and was coordinated through the Mango Program in Miramichi, NB.

The resource is an interactive lesson that includes watching short portions of a recorded video of Chi the Chinchilla teaching students about Canada’s food guide, enhancing the lessons on the different food groups through physical activity segments, and drawing food items on appropriate sections of the Healthy Plate Activity Sheet.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will learn about Canada’s food guide recommendations.
2. Students will learn how Canada’s food guide recommendations support their health.
3. Students will be able to recognize various healthy food options from the healthy plate.

What You Will Need

• Pencils, markers, crayons, and any other craft supplies of your choice!
• Healthy Plate Activity Sheet (See attached PDF)
• Video link – Food Guide Toolkit Video Chi the Chinchilla 1 – YouTube

How long will this activity take?

The length of the video is less than 15 minutes. The time to complete the whole interactive video lesson will vary between 15 minutes – 1 hour or more! It will depend on how much time you allocate for the students to draw food items. This can be a quick reminder lesson, or a great way to spend the whole morning!

Instructions/teacher prompts:

Easy preparation: print the attached Healthy Plate Activity Sheet and set up the attached video on the computer.
Setup: Have students sit at their desks with their craft supplies. Hand out the Healthy Plate Activity Sheet, one to each student either before the video begins or when the video prompts the first activity.
Play the video when everyone is ready to have fun. Food Guide Toolkit Video Chi the Chinchilla 1 – YouTube
• Chi the Chinchilla will ask the students to stand up and participate in active movements. See below Physically Active Segments for details.
• During these portions of the video, ensure students participate to the best of their ability.
• The video will prompt you to press pause and allow some time for students to draw. The amount of time allocated to drawing will be your choice to best fit with your day.
• Once you want to move on from that section of the plate press play. This will repeat 3 times, for all sections of the Healthy Plate.

Additional Activities:

Discussion about what foods they drew on their Healthy Plate Activity Sheet. If a student drew a food item in the incorrect food group, or drew a “sometimes” food, instead of calling them out teach the whole group which section of the Healthy Plate this food item belongs to so that the whol Following the video, you can engage the students in a quick de group understands. Then, move on to the next food item.

Physically Active Segments:

Chi the Chinchilla will ask the students to stand up at their seat and participate in an action on three different occasions. The actions include jumping up and down on the spot, flexing their arm muscles, and running on the spot.
For example, during the vegetables and fruits section, Chi will name food items one by one. The students will be asked to jump up and down on the spot if the food item is a vegetable or a fruit and asked to stand still like a statue for other items that do not belong in this section, such as bread.

• Video link Food Guide Toolkit Video Chi the Chinchilla 1 – YouTube
• Canada’s food guide website link Canada’s Food Guide

NB Curricular Outcomes:

Grade K-2: Healthy Lifestyles
K 2.2 identify and explain types of activities that support a healthy lifestyle
1.3.3 identify habits and products that are harmful to our health
2.4.1 understand, develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle

NB Global Competencies

SelfAwareness.pdf (

Collaboration.pdf (

Communication.pdf (