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Evan Chamakese, Pelican Lake First Nation

'A Balanced Meal’ Flag Tag brings health class to life. This fast-paced game engages students with Canada’s Food Guide.

Students work together in teams to collect ‘food group’ cards that represent items from the four different food groups. Teams work together, running and dodging through the playing area, to collect food group cards and must communicate to ensure their team achieves “A BALANCED MEAL!”  For a team to achieve “A BALANCED MEAL!” they must fill their ‘dinner plate’ with items representing each category of the food guide.
Objective: Students work together as a team to collect 5 of each of the ‘food group’ cards to achieve a ‘balanced meal’.
Grade Level: 3-7
Number of Participants: 12-40 students
Fundamental Movement Skills: running, dodging
Equipment Required:
4 different coloured pinnies
one flag per student
4 hula hoops (i.e., ‘dinner plates’)
4 different coloured sheets of paper cut into 40 squares each
40 red squares – meat and alternatives;
40 green squares – vegetables and fruit;
40 blue squares – milk and alternatives;
40 yellow squares – grains
4 containers to hold the coloured squares of paper (i.e., the ‘pot’)
Game Set-Up:
Place hoola hoops (i.e., ‘dinner plates’) in 4 corners of the playing area
Place 40 coloured squares (10 of each coloured square) into each of the 4 containers (i.e., the ‘pot’) and place the containers next to each of the 4 hula hoops.
Each student receives a flag
How to Play:
Divide group into 4 teams.
Assign each team to their home ‘dinner plate’ (i.e., one of the 4 hula hoops)
Explain to the group that next to each ‘dinner plate’ is their team’s ‘pot’. Each team’s ‘pot’ contains coloured squares, each square represents one of the 4 food groups.
On the “GO” signal teams disperse throughout the playing area and attempt to ‘tag’ other team members by taking their flag.
If a student is tagged (i.e. flag is taken) they bring the tagger back to their team’s ‘pot’ and provide the tagger with a ‘food group’ card of the tagger’s choice. The tagger returns the flag and re-enters the game.
The player who receives the ‘food group’ card (tagger) returns the coloured square they collected to their own team’s ‘dinner plate’.
Once a team collects 5 of each ‘food group’ cards they must all return to their team’s ‘dinner plate’ and yell out “A BALANCED MEAL!”
The game pauses while the leader checks to see if all ‘food group’ cards are present on the ‘dinner plate’.
If the team is successful, the cards are re-distributed to all team’s ‘pots’ and play begins again.
Other Rules:
Modifications:
Before a ‘food group’ card is granted both players must perform 5 tuck jumps or 10 jumping jacks.
Before the food group card is granted the student whose flag was taken (tagged player) must offer an example of a food that belongs in that food group.
Create ‘other’ food group colour cards to represent a junk food category and add them to each ‘pot’. Do not provide any guidance on the number that the teams can collect of this food group. If a team accumulates more than 3 of these ‘other’ cards they do not get to yell out “A BALANCED MEAL”. The games resumes play and the team then must gather one more of each of the 4 food group cards to achieve a ‘balanced meal’.

Students work together in teams to collect ‘food group’ cards that represent items from the four different food groups. Teams work together, running and dodging through the playing area, to collect food group cards and must communicate to ensure their team achieves “A BALANCED MEAL!”  For a team to achieve “A BALANCED MEAL!” they must fill their ‘dinner plate’ with items representing each category of the food guide.

Objective: Students work together as a team to collect 5 of each of the ‘food group’ cards to achieve a ‘balanced meal’.

Grade Level: 3-7

Number of Participants: 12-40 students

Fundamental Movement Skills: running, dodging

Equipment Required:

- 4 different coloured pinnies

- one flag per student

- 4 hula hoops (i.e., ‘dinner plates’)

4 different coloured sheets of paper cut into 40 squares each (40 red squares for meat and alternatives; 40 green squares for vegetables and fruit;40 blue squares for milk and alternatives;40 yellow squares for grains)

- 4 containers to hold the coloured squares of paper (i.e., the ‘pot’)

Game Set-Up:

- Place hoola hoops (i.e., ‘dinner plates’) in 4 corners of the playing area

- Place 40 coloured squares (10 of each coloured square) into each of the 4 containers (i.e., the ‘pot’) and place the containers next to each of the 4 hula hoops.

- Each student receives a flag

How to Play:

- Divide group into 4 teams.

- Assign each team to their home ‘dinner plate’ (i.e., one of the 4 hula hoops)

- Explain to the group that next to each ‘dinner plate’ is their team’s ‘pot’. Each team’s ‘pot’ contains coloured squares, each square represents one of the 4 food groups.

- On the “GO” signal teams disperse throughout the playing area and attempt to ‘tag’ other team members by taking their flag.

- If a student is tagged (i.e. flag is taken) they bring the tagger back to their team’s ‘pot’ and provide the tagger with a ‘food group’ card of the tagger’s choice. The tagger returns the flag and re-enters the game.

- The player who receives the ‘food group’ card (tagger) returns the coloured square they collected to their own team’s ‘dinner plate’.

- Once a team collects 5 of each ‘food group’ cards they must all return to their team’s ‘dinner plate’ and yell out “A BALANCED MEAL!”

- The game pauses while the leader checks to see if all ‘food group’ cards are present on the ‘dinner plate’.

- If the team is successful, the cards are re-distributed to all team’s ‘pots’ and play begins again.

Other Rules:

Modifications:

- Before a ‘food group’ card is granted both players must perform 5 tuck jumps or 10 jumping jacks.

- Before the food group card is granted the student whose flag was taken (tagged player) must offer an example of a food that belongs in that food group.

- Create ‘other’ food group colour cards to represent a junk food category and add them to each ‘pot’. Do not provide any guidance on the number that the teams can collect of this food group. If a team accumulates more than 3 of these ‘other’ cards they do not get to yell out “A BALANCED MEAL”. The games resumes play and the team then must gather one more of each of the 4 food group cards to achieve a ‘balanced meal’.

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