The students will investigate food packaging to understand how information on food labels can help them make better food choices.
Introduce the concept of food labelling and show the class an example of a food label (U1L4R1). Allow the students some time to study the label and to ask any questions that may arise from it.
Lead the discussion onto food labelling and show the video 'How to Read a Food Label'.
Show and discuss the whiteboard lesson “Let’s Solve The Mystery of Food Packaging” (U1L4R3). This white board lesson is a fully guided presentation about food labelling including examples and challenges for students. The white board lesson is presented in a fun and engaging way using a mystery character called 'Super Sleuth Sam' to help guide students towards solving the mystery of food packaging. At page 8 “Let’s Solve The Mystery of Food Packaging” (U1L4R3) stop the presentation and organise the students into pairs. Explain the challenge to the students, and after handing out the Super Slueth Challenge 1 (U1L4R4) allow 5 minutes to complete the challenge. Regroup to discuss answers.
In the same way, the students are to complete Super Sleuth Challenge 2 (U1L4R5) and Super Sleuth Challenge 3 (U1L4R6)
On completion of the challenges, the students reflect on their learnings and list 3 things they learnt from this lesson. This is then shared with other class members, and healthy eating wallet cards (U1L4R7) are handed out for the students to keep.
In Australia, all food labels must conform to the labelling provisions of the national Food Standards Australia and New Zealand Code. (FSANZ)
The Food Standards Code can be viewed by clicking here.