DIY Meals and Snacks

Grades 7–9 Foods students will meet a CTF challenge and learn about Canada’s Food Guide through fun activities, creative recipes, and cooking lessons.

A colourful design that says “Revitalize your Foods Classes with DIY Meals and Snacks!” and shows the front over of the teacher guide, student workbook, three sample nutrient graphs, and a snapshot of the chef video.

*This program is for junior high Foods teachers. If you are a junior high Health teacher, click here.

Junior high Foods students explore Canada’s Food Guide (CFG) with DIY Meals and Snacks. Using engaging videos and activities, students  

  • practise creating meals and snacks using the CFG Plate;  

  • explore how choosing a variety of foods helps them to meet nutrient needs;  

  • examine factors that influence food choices; and  

  • apply their learning to create a signature dish.  

This module meets CTF learning outcomes, has cross-curricular links and assessment tools, and can be adapted for high school Foods classes. 

Teaching and Learning Resources 

  • Teacher Guide and nutrient graphs: The Teacher Guide provides all the background information you need to teach the program’s four lessons. Plus, it includes ready-to-use student and teacher assessment tools and a completed CTF Abridged Challenge form. The nutrient graphs are a detailed 8.5 × 11" card set to use as a teaching tool for one of the activities. You can order a Teacher Guide and a set of nutrient graphs from our Free Resources page or download them below as PDFs. 

  • Student Workbook: The Student Workbook includes activity worksheets, customizable recipes, and student assessment tools for each lesson. You can order class sets of workbooks from our Free Resources page or download them below as PDFs. 

  • Slide decks: The slide decks are the main teaching tools for the lessons. They contain videos, background information, activity instructions, and discussion questions. Suggested speaking notes and additional information for teachers are provided in the notes section of each slide. You can access the slide decks for each lesson below. 

  • Videos: A Canada’s Food Guide transformation video embedded in the slide deck introduces each lesson. Six cooking videos demonstrating key steps and cooking techniques for the recipes are included in the program and embedded in the slide decks. You can access the videos for each lesson below. 

Access the slide decks and videos for the lessons here:  

Registered Dietitian Office Hours 

Our team of Registered Dietitians is offering video call office hours, with four 15-minute appointments per month for teachers and/or Foods classes to discuss ideas from the program, answer questions, and share information about the dietitian profession. As emphasized in CTF, this is a great way to help your students make career connections. Email your questions and requested timeslot to [email protected] with the subject line “DIY Meals and Snacks Office Hours.” Appointments are first come, first served. 

Report Broken Links 

The teaching and learning resources include links to credible websites. If you encounter a broken link, please email [email protected] with the subject line “DIY Meals and Snacks Broken Link.”

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Junior High
Healthy eating
Canada's Food Guide
Food skills