Evaluating Promotional Materials
The student is expected to evaluate the accuracy of the information related to promotional materials for products and services such as nutritional labels.
The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
Labeling and Nutrition: US Food and Drug Administration (website) - Links to the latest FDA food labeling rules and announcements, and to additional sites with information about food labeling and safety.
Food Labels: Sentry Health Monitors (website) - Useful information regarding food labels (including mistakes often made when reading them), serving sizes, language commonly used on labels and more.
Using Food Labels: BioEd Online (website) - To promote healthful food choices, students learn about, and evaluate the accuracy of food nutritional labels. The activity also includes information about serving sizes and an investigation of the amount of sugar present in common soft drinks.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
How Much Fat is Hidden in Your Favorite Foods? BioEd Online (website) - See page 6 of this informational student booklet for a simple hands-on activity in which students investigate the relative amounts of fat in different products. Compare similar products, such as white and wheat bread, sugar free and regular cookies, etc. Relate results to the information on the food labels. The booklet contains other fun, useful information and activities related to food labels and nutrition.
Sugar Seekers: Learn NC (website) - There are many different types of sugar in the processed foods we eat, especially packaged cereals. This lesson teaches students that the healthiest foods are those that have no added sugar and are rich in dietary fiber.
Consumerism, Food Labeling: Utah Education Network (website) - Students learn the importance of food labels and learn to use information on the labels to make food choices that meet dietary guidelines and promote good health.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
How Clean is Clean? Testing Detergents and Analyzing Product Claims: New York Times (website) - To evaluate the marketing claims on product labels, students analyze the information on labels of popular dish detergents, and then test a variety of laundry detergents, and determine which are most effective.
Healthy Snacks: BioEd Online (website) - Students use information on food labels to rank sample foods, from most to least healthful. Students then write short essays to explain their rankings. Student pages presented in English and Spanish.
Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down. Stille, Darlene (ISBN-13: 978-1404803459)
Looking at Labels. Burstein, John (ISBN-13: 978-0778739357)
Food Labels. McCarthy, Rose (ISBN-13: 978-1404216334)
The Mysterious Marching Vegetables. Tharp, B., Dresden, J., Denk, J., Moreno, N. (ISBN-13: 978-1888997370) http://www.k8science.org/resources/files/Food_Bk_s.pdf
Using Nutrition Labels: US Department of Agriculture (website) - Links to many resources, including handouts, pamphlets and online tools, that can help you create effective lessons about food labels.