Diet and Disease
A health and nutrition lesson on diet and disease. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.
• Describe how a healthy diet can protect the body against some diseases.
2nd Grade - 3rd Grade - 4th Grade
Print the reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).
Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions. Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.
Copies of the USDA food pyramid at www.mypyramid.gov, materials/resources on vitamins A, B and C, materials/resources on colds/infections/tooth and gum decay, materials/books on various fruits and vegetables and their vitamin content, such as The ABCs of Fruits & Veggies by the Apple Lady at www.amytheapplelady.com notebook paper, construction paper, pencils
Timeline: One week
1. Teacher explains the term "immune system" and its purpose in the human body.
2. Students write the definition in their "ABCs of Diet and Disease" booklet they create using folded/stapled notebook paper with a colored construction paper cover.
Print this printable worksheet for this lesson: