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Lesson Plan #: AELP-NUT0012

St. Patrick's Day Snack

An AskERIC Lesson Plan

Author: Brenda Frickenschmidt; edited by AskERIC
School or Affiliation: McKinley School, Enid, OK, EPSF
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center's Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.

Date: May 1994 

Grade Level/Subject: 1st Grade - Nutrition


The students have been studying Nutrition. We have studied the four food groups. This particular activity was designed to help the students plan a well balanced snack around St. Patrick's Day. This means nearly everything they eat has to be green.


This lesson helps the students plan and prepare a nutritious snack that is green.


  1. Discuss each of the four food groups. Draw and label all food that is green under each food group.
  2. Students will create a green St. Patrick's Day Snack using all four food groups.
  3. Students will help the teacher prepare the snack.
  4. Students will eat their green St. Patrick's Day Snack.


  1. Food; broccoli, green apples, luncheon meat
  2. Dip ingredients
  3. Bread Maker, and ingredients for making bread
  4. Knife for cutting fruit and vegetables
  5. Milkshake ingredients and mixer
  6. Paper plates and napkins

Activities and Procedures:

  1. Draw and label all four food groups with foods that are green.
  2. Write a green snack menu for the class.
  3. Make green bread with the teacher's bread machine.
  4. Clean and cut green apples and broccoli.
  5. Make green sour cream dip for the broccoli.
  6. Make green milkshakes.

Tying It All Together:

The students will enjoy eating the green bread that they watched mixing and baking all day. Eating green meat did not sound very good, so we decided to use ham with their green bread too make a sandwich. The students enjoyed dipping broccoli in the green dip. The green apples and the green milkshake added to the St. Patrick's Day snack. To complete the St. Patrick's Day snack we used St. Patrick's Day paper goods.

St. Patrick's Day Snack

Ham on Green Bread
Broccoli and Dip
Green Apple
Green Milkshake

Useful Internet Resources:

American Heart Association

CyberNutrition Archives

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
Follow this directory path: NAL Information Centers Food and Nutrition Information Center. gopher://

ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education --
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Division

The Nutrition Expert

Tufts University Nutrition Navigator

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