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#4553. Food Label Scavenger Hunt Lesson: Worksheet with 21 Food Lab

Health, level: Senior
Posted Sun Apr 10 17:21:39 PDT 2011 by AHealthTeacher (AHealthTeacher).
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High School Health, Seattle, WA USA
Materials Required: Worksheets included in this lesson, optional PowerPoint
Activity Time: 1 to 2 days
Concepts Taught: Nutrition, Reading Food Labels

I always teach how to read a food label before I do this Scavenger Hunt Lesson. I have the whole lesson for FREE at:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Food-Label-Reading-Lesson-PwrPt-Is-This-Product-is-Healthy

Here is its description: Ever had a student ask, "Is this product "healthy?" This lesson includes everything students should know about reading food labels and gives the formulas to figure out if a food is healthy enough to be in school vending machine (if that school was classified as a "healthy school" it would need to be less than 35% fat and sugar).
The lesson starts with a 16-slide PowerPoint lesson and follows up with a worksheet where each student will pick a product or label and read it on their own.

The PowerPoint will teach students how manufacturers may try to deceive consumers and why it's important to know how to discern the information on a label (beware of unrealistic serving sizes, deceptive servings per container, misleading container information, etc). Students will learn how to pick what's worth reading on a food label and how to learn how to read and understand a food label.

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The Food Label Scavenger Hunt Lesson is cut and pasted below. This lesson includes students reading 21 food labels from: MAIN MEALS and BEVERAGES categories. Full directions and a worksheet are included, as well as the food labels for these two categories and the key to the worksheet.

***If you like what you see and want MORE I have a longer worksheet, labels and key which includes the additional food catagories of BREAKFAST, DESSERTS, and SNACKS. You can purchase it at this website for $8.00:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Food-Label-Scavenger-Hunt-Lesson-Worksheet-42-Food-Labels-to-Read

The Food Label Scavenger hunt covers all the most important information on a food label: calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and protein and shows how to do the math involved in figuring total % fat, or % sugar in the total carbohydrates.

You'll have your students reading food labels in their sleep!

Also be sure to check out my website where I have many other daily lessons, tips of the month, awesome surveys, and enriching articles plus "FREE" and "For Sale" lessons:

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Food Label Scavenger Hunt Day Directions:


Need:
PowerPoint for Reading Food Labels (free at website above)
Food Label Reading worksheet
Food Label Scavenger Hunt Worksheet - 1 for every student
Food Labels - 1 set printed

Before the activity:

1. print the Food Label Scavenger Hunt Worksheet - 1 for every student (***Please note: these directions are for the FREE Scavenger Hunt version - it only has 2 food categories (Main Meals and Beverages), whereas you could purchase the full Scavenger Hunt version with all 5 food categories (Main Meals, Beverages, Breakfast, Desserts, and Snacks) for $8.00. (order it at:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Food-Label-Scavenger-Hunt-Lesson-Worksheet-42-Food-Labels-to-Read

2. Print the food labels. I cut mine out and put them on colored construction paper so each section follows the color I put on the Food Label document (like all the main meal labels go on blue construction paper.) I also made colored coded signs that fold and sit on the tables around my room that say "Main Meals" and "Breakfast," etc. I laminated everything but this isn't needed.

3. Optional: Do a Food Label Reading Lesson before this activity. I've included my Food Label Worksheet PowerPoint and lesson and worksheet, which I posted free on the above website.


On the day:

This lesson is meant to follow-up a lesson on and practice for students reading food labels. See Food Label Reading Lesson above. Students should already be familiar with how to look at calories, fat, protein, sugar, and do some of the math involved in figuring what % fat a food would be, or what % sugar a product is. (calories from fat divided by total calories or sugar grams x 4 divided by total calories).

The room should be set up with all the blue "Main Meal" labels in one section and each other color set in different spots around your room.

Hand each student a worksheet and explain that they will rotate around the room to read the labels and find the answers. Students should start at any color and spread out across the room at the beginning (you don't want the whole class trying to go to the blue section since it's first on the sheet!).

I have included the key so you can have students correct them or you can correct them yourself.

There is some math on the worksheet - hints are given, but students may need help.


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Food Label Scavenger Hunt: Name:_______________________________________ Per:_________

BLUE -- MAIN MEALS

1. Which one has less Calories? Costco pizza, or a Costco hot dog for lunch. ______________________

2. People with high blood pressure should watch their sodium. The maximum per day is 2400 mg.

Compare the Sodium in these 2 foods:

DQ Chicken Strip Basket:______________mg._ Kraft Macaroni and Cheese:_______________mg_

3. What % fat are the following foods?: (put Calories from Fat into your calculator and divide by
Calories

Lasagna:_________% Healthy? Circle: yes or no (hint: no more than 35% of total daily calories should come from fat)

Croissan'wich:________ % Healthy? Circle: yes or no (hint: no more than 35% of total daily calories should come from fat)

4. Which has less total fat -- Chicken McGrill or Crispy Chicken? ________________________

5. I want to have salad dressing on my salad at McDonalds. Which one has the least amount of both

Calories and Total Fat? 1) Creamy Caesar, 2) Ranch, or 3) Cobb _____________________________

6. Which of all the Main Meals in this section has the highest number of Calories?:__________________

7. Is McDonald salad less or more calories than a Big and Tasty burger? List calories here:

Salad Calories:_____________ Big and Tasty Burger: ____________


BLACK -- BEVERAGES


1. Let's compare Coke and Mt. Dew: Which one has:

more Calories:______________ more Sugar?______________ more Sodium?_____________

2. The ingredient to worry about in beverages is SUGAR! How many teaspoons of sugar are actually in

the Chocolate Shake? ___________tsp. (Hint: Put Sugar Grams into your calculator and divide by 4)

3. How many teaspoons of sugar are in each of the following foods?: (Sugar Grams divided by 4)

Caramel Frappuccino:___________ teaspoons Orange Juice:__________________ teaspoons

Coca Cola:____________________ teaspoons Orange Soda ______________ teaspoons

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Food Label Scavenger Hunt: KEY:

BLUE -- MAIN MEALS

1. Which one has less Calories? Costco pizza, or a Costco hot dog for lunch. ______hot dog______
2. People with high blood pressure should watch their sodium . Compare the Sodium in these 2 foods:
DQ Chicken Strip Basket:_____2974____mg Kraft Macaroni and Cheese:_________850_____mg
3. What % fat are the following foods?: (put Calories from Fat into your calculator and divide by Calories
Lasagna:____34_____% Healthy? yes or no (hint: no more than 35% of total daily calories should come from fat)

Croissan'wich:___61_____ % Healthy? yes or no (hint: no more than 35% of total daily calories should come from fat)

4. Which is healthier -- Chicken McGrill or Crispy Chicken? _______ Chicken McGrill ______
5. I want to have salad dressing on my salad at McDonalds. Which one has the least amount of Calories and Total Fat? 1) Creamy Caesar, 2) Ranch, or 3) Cobb ____________cobb_____________
6. Which of the Main Meals has the highest number of Calories?:__ Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket
7. Is McDonald salad less or more calories than a Big and Tasty burger? List calories here: Salad Calories:___500_____ Big and Tasty Burger: _____470_______


BLACK -- BEVERAGES

1. Let's compare Coke and Mt. Dew: Which one has more
more Calories:____Coke____________ more Sugar?____Coke____ more Sodium?____Mt. Dew_____________
2. The ingredient to worry about in beverages is SUGAR! How many teaspoons of sugar are actually in the Chocolate Shake? _____41______tsp. (Hint: Put Sugar Grams into your calculator and divide by 4)
3. How many teaspoons of sugar are in each of the following foods?: (Sugar Grams divided by 4)
Caramel Frappuccino:____9.75___ teaspoons Orange Juice:_____7___ teaspoons
Coca Cola:_____27____ teaspoons Orange Soda ___29.75___ teaspoon

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I can't cut and paste the food labels you'll need in this document but you can download them for FREE from my website: Look For this link:
"FREE Food Labels"

https://sites.google.com/site/thebesthealthlessons

In fact, I uploaded this whole lesson so it's in a better format!!!!


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***REMEMBER: If you like what you see in this lesson and want MORE I have a longer worksheet, labels and key which includes the additional food catagories of BREAKFAST, DESSERTS, and SNACKS. You can purchase it at this website for $8.00:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Food-Label-Scavenger-Hunt-Lesson-Worksheet-42-Food-Labels-to-Read

Also be sure to check out my website where I have many other daily lessons, tips of the month, awesome surveys, and enriching articles plus "FREE" and "For Sale" lessons:

https://sites.google.com/site/thebesthealthlessons