From Food Pyramid to Still Life
Students will create still life sketches and drawings of food featuring items from each of the six food groups represented in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Pyramid. Although USDA replaced the Food Pyramid with the “My Plate” graphic (see page 8), the Food Pyramid is used here (and provided to students) because it will support more artisitic responses from students. The teacher should feel free to substitute the My Plate graphic if desired.
Students’ sketches should reflect the student’s understanding of compositional principles, including overlapping, proportion, placement of objects, and attention to positive and negative space. This item supports the fifth-grade Life Science Standard for the Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms.
This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.
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