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Lesson Overview
  • 35 Minutes
  • 4, 5, 6, 9
  • K - 5th Grade
  • State Standards:
    Science Standards: K.1-5.1 English Language Arts: EL.K.RE.32 - EL.5.RE.32; EL.K.RE.33 - EL.5.RE.33 Health Education: HE.K.01 - HE.5.01; HE.K.02 - HE.5.02

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Materials List
  • Breakfast Relay Kit (check out from AITC’s Free Loan Library)
  • Breakfast food cards
  • Bags
  • Pancakes, Pancakes! book

Breakfast Relay

Categories:  Agriculture ,  Food & Nutrition ,  Literacy Projects

This hands-on activity helps students understand that before an item ever leaves a factory, or enters a store, it began as a resource or product in the natural world - most likely agriculture. For grades K-3, pair this activity with the Eric Carle book Pancakes, Pancakes!, available from AITC’s Free Loan Library.


  • You will need a 25-30 foot long space to run the relay. Hallways, gym or outside works best.
  • Divide students into two teams (red and blue to match the cards). Each team gets a set of food cards and bags labeled Earth, Farm, Store and Factory.
  • Place a set of bags about 30 feet away from the starting line. Teams should be formed into two lines (pic shows race with buckets) at the starting line, facing the bags.
  • For grades with limited reading ability, review the food cards with your students before running the relay.
  • Point out that each card has a picture and words to figure out what it is.

For full instructions, please download our PDF