Elaborated Scale: Grades 4 to 6 Healthy Eating

This elaborated scale can be used to evaluate student development in this aspect anytime during the year.  Note that evaluation of student progress may require observation of actual student behaviour as written activities or other products may not always offer appropriate evidence. The rating scale may require adaptation when used for different grades, purposes and tasks.

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The student can access, understand, evaluate and advocate for a balanced, healthy diet according to Canada’s Food Guide, with an awareness of various influences on eating habits; clearly understand the link between nutrition and physical activity.

The student will:

  • confidently access, evaluate and communicate information in Canada’s Food Guide about food groups and total servings that enhance health for their age group
  • evaluate, plan and fulfil their dietary goals based on information in the Guide and be able to give reasons for their choices
  • advocate for personal, family and community change that enhances daily healthy eating
  • actively make healthy eating a personal choice
  • advocate for healthy eating choices with respect to different cultural, racial, religious beliefs
  • recognize and evaluate the influences of family, peers, media  and marketing practices on their eating habits and make appropriate healthy choices
  • understand, communicate and promote to others the relationship and benefits of healthy eating and physical activity to overall healthy living
  • actively demonstrate daily healthy eating and physical activity

The student is often able to recognize food groups and make healthy, balanced food choices. They can describe attributes of a healthy lifestyle and are able to set goals.

The student will:

  • name and match most foods to appropriate food groups from Canada’s Food Guide
  • recognize a serving size
  • recognize a balanced diet for a day
  • say why food, water, and sleep are important
  • select healthy food choices that affect personal well being positively
  • be able to set a reasonable healthy eating goal and create a plan to follow a balanced diet

The student can sometimes recognize appropriate food choices for a balance diet. They are beginning to understand what makes up a healthy lifestyle. The student sometimes needs support to recognize and achieve a reasonable goal..

The student will:

  • name and match some food to some food groups from Canada’s Food Guide
  • recognize a serving size inconsistently
  • choose foods from each food group but not accurate quantities for a day
  • say that food, water and sleep are important, and why
  • select some healthy food choices that affect personal well being positively
  • set a reasonable healthy eating goal with adult or peer support and work towards achieving it

The student has a limited understanding of the food groups and healthy daily food choices. They need considerable support to describe what makes up a healthy lifestyle and to create a goal.

The student will:

  • identify the main food groups
  • from Canada’s Food Guide
  • recognize a serving size
  • recognize a balanced diet for a day
  • say that food, water and sleep are important
  • select healthy food choices that affect personal well being positively
  • set a reasonable healthy eating goal and work towards achieving it