Eating Under the Rainbow Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 1 to 3
Author: MediaSmarts

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


Studies have found that fast-food ads dominate children’s programming. In order to give children a perspective on the lure of snack-food advertisements, it’s important that they understand where snacks can fit into a healthy diet. Once they have an understanding of where snack food fits into their lives, they can begin to deconstruct the ads themselves.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an awareness of the types of foods needed to maintain a healthy body
  • beginning awareness of the principles of balance and moderation in fitting snack foods into a healthy diet
  • an appreciation of the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.