DIY Meals and Snacks: Lesson 2

In the second lesson of DIY Meals and Snacks, grades 7–9 Foods students put Canada’s Food Guide into practice using a fun activity and recipe to explore the importance of eating a variety of foods each day.

Use this free teaching resource to help your grades 7–9 Foods students learn about Canada’s Food Guide.

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

In the second lesson of DIY Meals and Snacks, grades 7–9 Foods students explore how choosing a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods, and protein foods helps your body get the nutrients it needs. 

Teaching and learning resources you will need to facilitate Lesson 2:  

  • Teacher Guide & Student Workbook: You can order a Teacher Guide and class sets of Student Workbooks from our Free Resources Page or download them as PDFs on the DIY Meals and Snacks main page.   

  • Nutrient Graphs: 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 set of nutrient graphs from our Free Resources page or download a PDF version below. 

  • Slide Deck: Access your slide deck for Lesson 2 below. The slide deck contains the videos, background information, activity instructions, recipes, and discussion questions required to teach this lesson. Suggested speaking notes and additional information for teachers is provided in the notes section of each slide. 

  • Canada’s Food Guide transformation video: This video introduces the lesson and is embedded in the slide deck. If the embedded video does not play, use the link in the notes section. 

  • Recipes: This lesson features two recipes that students can customize by applying the principles of the CFG Plate. One simple and one complex recipe are provided for this lesson in the Student Workbook; choose one or both depending on your class time and students’ cooking skills. Each recipe has a corresponding video embedded in the slide deck. The videos feature a chef demonstrating key steps and techniques. If the embedded videos do not play, use the link in the notes section. 

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Junior High
Healthy eating
Canada's Food Guide
Food skills