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Poison Food!


Explore the science behind food borne illness. Discover where in your school bacteria thrive and investigate the conditions which influence the growth of bacteria, the most common causes of food poisoning.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Organic Mechanic, Part 1

This lesson introduces students to the issue of farming using chemical pesticides vs. organic methods.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Organic Mechanic, Part 2

Alternatives to using pesticides, such as companion planting, the use of biological controls, trapping, and the use of barriers are studied.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lunchtime

In this lesson students will investigate  the calories and nutritional content of their “typical" meals using information about fast food from the internet.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

How Did That Get In My Lunch?

This lesson integrates critical thinking and research skills to identify the causes of food-borne illness and the use of irradiation as a way to prevent food contamination. 

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Green Genes

Students research the advantages and disadvantages of using genetically modified organisms for food crops and are assigned roles to play in a class debate.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Sweet or Unsweet

The artificial sweetener debate is an excellent case study of how scientific research is filtered and reported through the news media and the Internet.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Eat Your Sprouts Part 1

Students will make predictions and gather data in an activity showing the oxidation of an apple and the cessation of the oxidation process by the antioxidant vitamin C.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Eat Your Sprouts Part 2

Students will inventory their own dietary habits and, through internet research, they will learn about cancer-protective foods.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Color of Health

Is there a correlation between the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat and particular types of cancer?

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Something Fishy

Students explore the dangers of high levels of mercury and learn how small amounts of mercury in water accumulate in greater quantities in organisms higher in the food chain.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lesson Seeds

Presentations

Teacher Discussion Highlights

Interview

Meet Reginald Booker
whose duties include inspecting restaurants to ensure food safety

Online Interactive
Help Frankie
decide what to do when he finds out his strawberries may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.

General Resources

 

 

U.S. Department of Education Star Schools Program