Food Safety Teacher Resources
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Food Safety Teamwork
Young scholars examine the different members of food safety teams and their role in the food safety cycle. They study how these teams work together to keep our food safe.
Food Safety at the Grocery Store
Students study the connection between food spoilage and temperature control. They determine the difference between expiration, sell-by, and use by date on food. They investigate food safety practices to look for when food shopping.
Students recognize that safe food preparation is important to good health. In this food safety lesson, students participate in an activity students separate, clean, chill, and cook food safely. Students use Glo Germ to find where germs would be.
Food Safety to Prevent Food-Borne Illness
Students examine strategies and guidelines to prevent food-borne illnesses and contamination through proper handwashing, handling of foods, and food preparation. They review fact sheets on food-borne illnesses, and watch and discuss video, "Food Safety."
Food Safety From Food To Fork
Pupils are introduced to the concept of food safety. In groups, they distinguish between fact and opinion and cause and effect while participating in a board game. They write an essay about what knowledge they gained and review the major concepts of food safety as a class.
Students examine the importance of food safety. In this food safety instructional activity, students identify safe practices to follow in assuring that food is safe from the farm/ranch to the table.
Food Safety-Consumers Need the Facts
High schoolers begin by completing a survey asking them to rank their concerns about commercially prepared foods. They develop a definition of relative risk, and complete the "Pro or Con" worksheet. Students work in groups to make a study of food safety pros and cons. They hold a class debate about food safety.
Make a Food Safety Brochure
Students create brochures that inform their families how to prepare and store food to prevent food-borne illnesses. They research food safety facts and proper food-handling techniques on the internet.
There is so much information in this instructional activity. A very comprehensive unit plan about food safety can be broken up into smaller pieces so as not to overwhelm the class with so much information at once. Some of the topics include handling food, storing food, foodborne illnesses, and how to keep food safe for consumption.
4-H Food Science- Intermediate Activity
For this nutrition worksheet set, students complete a dinner detective nutrient fill in the blank, a food safety true or false page, and plan a picnic with food safety rules in mind. They investigate careers that involve food safety.
Students plan a picnic menu using the food safety rules. They pack a cooler with different types of cold packs and also pack a basket with food that does not have to be kept cold.
The Pizza Puzzle
Students identify the origin and preparation of the main ingredients in pizza. They identify the food safety procedures followed in a pizza factory and then prepare and eat a pizza in class.
Safe Food Storage
Students identify food safety practices and storage methods.
Educate Yourself About Food Borne Illness
Students explore the rules to food safety and how to keep foods from growing bacteria. For this food illness lesson students view a demonstration about bacteria complete a food safety test online.
Nutrition In Me! Club
Students practice food safety and hand washing. In this health lesson, students discuss the presence of germs and how to keep yourself safe. Students wash their hands after applying Glo-Germ to see what spots they missed.
The Food Safety Team at Restaurants
Students study who is involved in processing and keeping the food safe in dining out situations. They examine the procedures restaurants take for cleanliness and safety while identifying the role of the Food Code in restaurant inspections.
Food Safety: From Farm to Table
Students gain knowledge of the complexity of the food system. They are taught how the system affects food safety, and identify a student's responsibilities when buying, handling, cooking and eating foods. The class utilizes newspapers as teaching and learning tools that encourages students to become creative thinkers and readers of newspapers.
Bacteria? Not In My House
Students evaluate a kitchen set up with food safety hazards and create a plan to prevent bacteria then go home to examine their own kitchens.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Learners identify the costs and benefits of government regulations. Using a market economy, they explore the reasons why the government intervenes with food safety and quality concerns. They examine the information on food labels and use them to make their decisions about which products to purchase.
Regulation and handling of animal products: a special challenge
Students examine how food safety affects sustainable animal production and marketing. In this agriculture lesson students complete several activities including one on groceries and the rules of animal products.