Food Labels


Food Labels teaches students how to interpret and understand the meaning of a food label. Students will identify the different parts and demonstrate how these labels are useful to consumers.

The “Options for Lesson” section provides additional ideas that you can incorporate into the lesson plan. One idea is to assign a specific mineral or vitamin to each student. The students will research their assigned vitamins or minerals and present what they find to the class in a report. (You are welcome to allow students to present their findings in other ways.)

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What our Food Labels lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Food Labels introduces students to the important information they would find on packaged food items. Students will discover how to interpret the meaning of each part of the label and define its parts. They will also be able to demonstrate why food labels are useful to consumers. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. This lesson requires just four different food packages per pair of students for the activity.

Options for Lesson

In the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page, you will find a number of suggestions for additional activities to do throughout the lesson. Several involve the activity portion. Students could work alone for the activity. If they do, provide four packages per student. Alternatively, you could require fewer food packages for students to review. You could also ask students to bring empty food packages from home a couple weeks before the start of the lesson. You could give students two “healthy” and two “unhealthy” food packages for the activity. Another option is to assign a mineral or vitamin to each student to research. Students can then present reports on what they found.

Teacher Notes

The paragraph on this page provides a little more information or guidance on what to expect from the lesson. It suggests you use actual food labels of products that your students frequently eat. You can use the blank lines to record any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.


The Food Labels lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help students solidify their grasp of the material they learned throughout the lesson. You can refer to the classroom procedure guidelines to know when to hand out each worksheet.

Worksheet Answer Keys

If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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Food Label Lesson

I have to edit the item before use because it shows the old Nutrition Facts Label not the new Label. Several changes have been made that are important for students to know when reading labels. It is useful to compare the old and the new labels since there are still products in their homes that may have the old label.

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This will help my students to understand the idea of what types of calories we eat and what to look for on the food labels.

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Fifth Grade "Science Friday"

I am a medical student and used some of the worksheets from this curriculum to work with fifth graders for our "Science Friday" program. It was very helpful to guide a structure since I'm not a teacher! I decided to also have students measure out sugar from the food labels to create a more hands on element. Very grateful to Clarendon for providing these materials to help educate our young people on important topics!