Food Labels

Our Food Labels lesson plan teaches students what food labels, how to read them, and what information they give consumers. Students practice reading food labels for specific information and label example food labels.

Our Food Labels lesson plan explains what the labels students see on their food everyday mean. This lesson discusses what a food label is and its uses for the consumer. During this lesson, students are asked to examine food labels and list five ingredients, which they then define and complete a chart using the nutrition labels on the packages; they then explain why each food might be healthy or unhealthy. Students are also asked to match terms with their definitions, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to understand and interpret the meaning of a food label, identify and define its parts, and demonstrate its usefulness.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Susan B.
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    Great product

    This product was very helpful in thinking through a nutrition lesson I am developing. No chance to use it in action yet, but I am sure it will be useful and effective.

    Carole F.
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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.

    Sharon A.
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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.

    Laura C.
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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!

    Jocelyn D.
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    I was looking for a resource to help teach my after school program 5th graders about reading food labels, and this was a huge hit. Thank you!