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.
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.
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.
FOOD LABELS LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
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.