FoodPrints Curriculum

Why Choose Whole Grains


Health & Nutrition

Standards Alignment:

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

4th Grade


Winter / January


The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the health benefits of eating whole grains. Students will learn about the three main parts of these edible seeds and the nutrients each contains. They will grind their own whole wheat and white flour, conduct an experiment on the digestion of whole and refined grains, observe sprouted grains, and create an educational poster to teach younger students about the benefits of eating whole grains.  

Big Idea

Whole grains have more nutrients than refined grains.

Guiding Questions

What is important about the differences between whole wheat and white flour? ​
How do our bodies digest whole and refined grains differently?