Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day!

If we’ve heard it once we’ve heard it a thousand times…BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day! Eating a healthy breakfast benefits us in many ways such as providing nutrients and energy, maintaining weight, boosting metabolism, and helping us to focus and do well in school and work. Unfortunately many students skip breakfast and end up suffering negative consequences. This lesson helps students understand why eating breakfast is important, why skipping breakfast isn’t worth it, and has students researching quick, healthy breakfast foods that can be prepared by anyone.

Class Time: 4 periods (43 minutes)

Class Size: 16


  • 14.2.1 Analyze the effect of nutrients on health, appearance, and peak performance.
  • 14.2.2 Analyze the relationship of nutrition and wellness to individual and family health throughout the life span.
  • 14.3.3 Demonstrate ability to select, store, prepare, and serve nutritious and aesthetically pleasing foods.


  • Divide students into small groups of 3-4 and assign each group a different article (links in lesson plan) on the topic of breakfast. Students are to:

A. Read the article.
B. Make a poster that includes the following:

a. Title and author

b. 5-7 important facts from the article
c. 3-4 pictures to represent 3-4 facts listed on the poster (symbolic is okay)

C. Present the poster orally to the class.


  • Poster Supplies
  • Old Magazines
  • Projector & Screen
  • Laptops


  • On the second day, after students present their posters, follow the information with a review game to make sure they grasped the important points about eating breakfast.
  • At this point I show students what can happen if breakfast is skipped by viewing a clip from Kickin Kitchen titled “No Breakfast No Bueno”. **This is now a paid curriculum/video series and no longer free.
  • Follow with the graded Breakfast Word Sort assignment.

Days 3-4

  • Assign students either alone or in partners the Five Days of Easy & Nutritious Breakfasts project by researching ideas from the internet and Pinterest.
  • Prepare and serve a nutritious breakfast in the lab (optional).


  • The Breakfast Sort, Five Days Project and Breakfast Lab are graded.



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3 comments for “Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day!

  1. Beth B.
    November 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I really like this lesson, especially for common core where we need to have more reading in our classrooms. I was wondering what the Breakfast Word Sort assignment is? I didn't see it included here.

    • M.Sandoval
      November 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      The Breakfast Sort assignment is on the last page of the attachment "The Importance of Breakfast"

  2. November 9, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Yes you are right ..Breakfast the most important meal of the day because it influences practically every dimension of our being during the course of the day, including how we perform physically and mentally. Breakfast immediately raises the body’s energy level and restores the blood glucose level to normal after an overnight fast. It also raises the muscle and liver glycogen stores.

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