Breakfast Lesson: Part I

Who knew there could be so much information out there to teach about breakfast, but there is! I guess when you’re deemed the “most important meal of the day,” there’s a lot to learn and/or teach! In this “Breakfast Lesson: Part I,” the theory behind why breakfast matters and how to create a healthy breakfast will be shared. A lab applying the information will be shared in Part II, so you’ll have to stay tuned!

Set: Why Breakfast Matters

  • Ask students “What’s the most important meal of the day?  How many of you ate it today?”  Congratulations to those that did eat breakfast today.
  • Pass out “post-it-notes” to each student (you will need a different color for each phrase) and have them complete the following open ended phrase with three (3) responses and then attach it to the large piece of construction paper with the same heading.
    • A: “Eating breakfast can help us…” (Yellow)
    • B: “Consequences or symptoms of skipping breakfast include…” (Pink)
    • C: “Excuses for why people skip breakfast…” (Blue)
  • Count students off by 3’s and group them accordingly. Give each group a construction paper with responses and ask them to create a shared document or slide deck that includes responses. Duplications do not need to be relisted.
  • Present & Discuss the lists and explain or give more examples if they need clarification or elaboration.
    • Possible Answers for “Eating breakfast can help us…”
      think, be active, stay awake, get nutrients, listen,
      concentrate/focus, start the day, break the fast, regulate metabolism
    • Possible Answers for “Consequences or symptoms of skipping breakfast include…”
      tiredness, hunger, being inactive, inability to be alert, grouchy, experiencing brain fade, stomach-aches, headaches
    • Possible Answers for “Excuses for why people skip breakfast…”
      waking up late, too busy, on a diet, not hungry, forgot,
      too tired, no foods I like, nothing to eat, too lazy


  • iPads or Laptops
  • Projector & Screen
  • Construction Paper
  • Post-it-Notes
  • Jamboard

Activities: Creating a Healthy Breakfast Rule of 3

  • Ask if students know what makes a healthy breakfast.  Share.
  • Introduce them to the Rule of Three for a Better Breakfast concept and have them fill in the notes as the information is presented.
  • Rule 1– Foods: Include one serving of a protein-rich food such as eggs, lean meats, beans, nuts or seeds (and their butters) or protein-rich dairy sources such as milk, yogurt or cheese. Why? Protein stabilizes blood sugar, delays hunger and provides the building blocks for body growth, maintenance and repair.
  • Rule 2–Foods: Add a serving of whole grain such as whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal or oatmeal. Why? Provides a longer lasting, slow-release energy, fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, iron and other trace minerals.
  • Rule 3–Foods: Incorporate a minimum of ½ cup of colorful, nutrient-boosting fruits and/or vegetables. Why? Strengthens the immune system with vitamins A & C, potassium, and folate, additionally adds phytonutrients and antioxidants.
  • To reinforce this information, show students the YouTube video titled, “Build a Better Breakfast“.
  • To apply or review, assign the Rule of 3 Jamboard Activity as a copy for each student (see below). Note: Make sure students have the Jamboard app downloaded from self-service. Briefly explain how Jamboard works, if this is their first experience with it. Do the first example together as a class, demonstrating how Jamboard and the assignment works.
  • How to grade: Discuss and go over all of the answers, except the last slide. Tell students the last slide will count as their grade and give them a few minutes to make any changes now that they understand the concept.
  • Tune in next week to see the corresponding lab I use with this lesson!


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