Help your students visualize the size of a portion of food so they can more easily follow the guidance of MyPyramid.
- File box for 5-by-7-inch cards
- Several of the following: tennis ball, baseball, deck of cards, checkbook, dice, matchbook, nickel, CD case, 3-inch-round mint tin, hockey puck, light bulb shape (mine is a stress ball), computer mouse
Collect the selected items that represent one portion of food. Store in the file box (figure 24.1).
- Tennis ball: 1 cup cooked rice, medium piece of fruit
- Baseball: 12-ounce potato or 1 cup cold cereal
- Deck of cards (or cassette tape): 3 ounces of meat
- CD case: 1 slice of bread, 1 pancake
- Matchbook: 1 tablespoon oil, salad dressing, or syrup
- Nickel: 2 ounces dry spaghetti (1 cup cooked spaghetti)
- Wood square (or 6 dice): 1 ounce cheese
- Mint tin (or hockey puck): bagel
- Checkbook cover: 3 ounces fish
- Computer mouse: baked potato
Along with a discussion of how much of each food group should be consumed in a day, these models can help students visualize how much they are actually eating.