FoodPrints Curriculum

Investigating Ingredients


Health & Nutrition

Standards Alignment:

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

4th Grade


Fall / September


The purpose of this lesson is for students to become informed and critical consumers of packaged food. They will read ingredient lists on a variety of packaged foods and use those lists to evaluate the claims and presentation on the front of the package. Students will also harvest ingredients for a FoodPrints recipe from the school garden and analyze a meal by carefully examining all of its ingredients.

Big Idea

Understanding ingredients is important in making informed food choices.

Guiding Questions

How can understanding ingredient labels help us make decisions about what we choose to eat?

How can we choose the most nutritious ingredients for our meals?