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Food Sustainability Unit

For Teachers 4th
Lesson Plans for the week long unit about food sustainability. This unit talks about the different aspects of food and how it relates to sustainability. Day one considers the importance of a healthy diet and how malnutrition and over...
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Food Preservation: Food Science, Canning, Gardening

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners consider the procedures and safety issues involved in food preservation. They conduct experiments in canning, freezing and drying. If everyone can preserve food utilizing a variety of methods and science principles, the lesson...
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From Milk to Cheese and Seed to Shelf

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students learn about food production by making cheese, seeing how a seed gets to a shelf, and discussing food safety. For this food production lesson plan, students complete 3 days worth of activities and learn about food production,...
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Food Preservation

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research the most common methods of food preservation. They conduct experiments to observe food spoilage and compare types of preservation. They identify hygienic food handling procedures.
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4-H Advanced Food Science Activity Pages

For Students 7th - 10th
In this 4-H food science worksheet, learners examine how food works in the body, find out about food preservation methods, and investigate careers in the food industry. They complete a word search, practice food photography, answer true...
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History of Biotechnology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ancient, classical, and modern methods of biotechnological methods are introduced in this science PowerPoint. Students should be interested to see how advanced people have been through the ages in adapting their methods to procure...
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Are Food Preservatives Bad for You?

For Students 6th - 12th
It is safe to say that everything is best in moderation—including preservatives in food. Microbes and oxidation are the main reasons foods become spoiled. Thanks to preservatives, our foods end up having a longer shelf life. But what...
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Food Preservation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils examine the variety of food preservation methods available today. In groups, they participate in an experiment to determine the conditions that encourage or stop the growth of bacteria. To end the lessons, they discuss the...
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Food Preservation

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine the different food canning methods and how to be safe canning.  In this canning instructional activity students examine the hazards of improperly canning. 
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Food Travels and Preservation

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students complete a worksheet. In this food distribution and preservation lesson, students learn about the transportation of agricultural projects. Students list foods that they buy at the grocery store and then identify how each product...
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Food Safety Lab

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students use the scientific method to investigate the role of temperature in microbial growth. In this food preservation lesson plan, students set up an experiment with fruit in room temperature and in a refrigerator. They record the...
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Denaturing of Enzymes

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
How do you make an enzyme stop working? The video explains the process of denaturing enzymes. It lists many uses for this process and examples that young scientists understand from experience.
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Preserving Foods

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Youngsters look into how and why food was preserved in the past. They try their hand at drying food, which is still a widely-used method for preserving food. There is an excellent set of instructions embedded in the plan which will lead...
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A Safe Food Supply? Is Your Food Safe to Eat?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Viewers of this slide show learn that pesticides used on food crops can be harmful, but that there are certain allowable levels that should not be hazardous. They find out the rigorous process of inspection that meat must go through...
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Food for Spaceflight

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
When astronauts get hungry in outer space, they can't just call and have a pizza delivered. In order to gain an appreciation for the challenges associated with space travel, young learners are given the task of selecting, testing, and...
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Kitchen Check

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
Storing the food in the fridge, keeping the kitchen clean, and preparing food correctly are the focus topics of this food safety resource. It includes well-designed handouts with top tips to remember, coloring worksheets, and answer keys.
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Food Safety Smart Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
This is a must-have resource with everything you'll need for studying food safety with your pupils. From handwashing scorecards and cleaning kitchen surfaces to navigating the world of microbes and food-borne illnesses, here you'll...
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Making Healthy Choices, Making Healthy Food: 4-6 Curriculum Support

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
How much water should we drink every day? How can food preparation be both healthy and satisfying? Check out this great 10-lesson unit which not only covers the body's need for water, but also includes lessons on tasting and storing...
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From Milk to Cheese & Seed to Shelf

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learn about food production by making cheese, seeing how a seed gets to a shelf, and discussing food safety. Budding agriculturalists complete several activities and learn about food production, biotechnology, food preservation,...
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Food For Keeps

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the concept of food preservation. They use the internet to conduct research, specifically the methods of processing the students' favorite foods. They are introduced to the project using realia like beef jerky and...
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Farming: It's a Fact!

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students use worksheets, food items, and computer programs to learn about the path of food from the farm to their meals. In this agriculture lesson plan, students use a provided worksheet to learn facts about farming. They use a bag of...
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How Fruits Store Energy: Science and Cooking Experiments

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students compare the ways plants and animals use and replenish energy. In this nutrition, plants, and cooking biology lesson plan, students perform a series of taste testing experiments to distinguish the differences between starches and...
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Food Travels and Preservation

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study food processing and distribution. In this food processing activity, 4th graders investigate various methods of food preservation. Students study methods of food distribution.
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Food Safety

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can you identify a potentially hazardous food? What symptoms are associated with food-borne illness? Pupils explore the answers to these questions and others regarding food safety through direct instruction, discussion, and a variety...
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Love Letter to Food

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Don't be rude to food! Scholars see the startling truth about food waste in a disturbing video. The series of statements from individuals around the country paints a picture of good intentions followed by wasteful habits like cooking too...
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Next Meal: Engineering Food

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Are genetically engineered foods risky or beneficial overall? The video, part of the PBS food science series, explores the debate from a scientific perspective. It explains the history of genetic modification, the benefits, and the...
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Convenience Foods and The Role of Preservatives

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students identify the convenience food components of pizza and the role packaging and additives play in the preservation of foods. In this food preservation instructional activity, students view and investigate packaging of food...
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Convenience Foods and The Role of Preservatives

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the role of packaging, additives, and preservatives in food preservation specifically pizza. They experiment with bread to determine the effect of preservative on it.
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Package Those Foods!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Designing the right package — it's more than a pretty picture. Challenge small groups to design a food package. They must consider the type of food they are packaging and the package's ability to control the physical and chemical changes...
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Salt and Diet

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Salt is necessary for your diet, but too much or too little and it causes health problems. These problems, as well as what salt does in your body, are the focus of a video that also looks at where salt is found in food and how much salt...
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Preserving the Harvest: Dry it Out!

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners explore how people preserved their food in the past. In food preservation lesson, students create different models that enable someone to dry out food, such as a food dehydrator. Learners also learn how to prepare different...
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When I Was Young In Appalachia

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students comapre and contrast the lifestyles of the people of the Applachian region with their own community through in-class discussions, creative projects, hands-on activities, food preservation, homemade remedies, home construction,...
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When I Was Young in Appalachia

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students read books about growing up in Appalachia and discuss the concept of self-sufficiency. They make braided rugs from T-shirts, cornhusck dolls, and log cabins from Lincoln logs. They also write booklets about Appalachia.
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Understanding Water Activity

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does water activity play a role in food spoilage? First, the learners think about which types of foods would be best to take on a backpacking trip based on the water activity of different foods. It then walks through why water...
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Controlling Water Activity in Food

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Food storage matters! Scholars learn how the amount of water in corn can affect its rate of spoilage. They create a control group, then test three corn samples stored in three different locations for water activity. As a result of the...
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The pH Scale and Meter Calibration

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What are the different ways to test for pH? First, scholars explore the pH scale and a common way to test for acidity and alkalinity. Then, they learn about the importance of pH in food safety and why variance in pH could potentially...
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How to Use Oil Immersion Microscope

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Teach the class how to use a microscope to identify bacteria in food. Scholars explore the different parts of the microscope and learn how to determine total magnification. They walk step-by-step through the procedure of preparing slides...
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Mummifying Apples

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore food preservation by participating in a mummification lesson. For this fruit characteristics lesson, students hypothesize what will happen to an apple that has been cut open and left out in the air. Young scholars...
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4-H Food Science- Advanced Activity

For Students 6th - 8th
For this advanced activity food science worksheet sets, students complete a food find word search puzzle, and practice food photography as they investigate it as a career. They examine food preservation methods through a food...
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Are Spotty Fruits and Vegetables Safe to Eat?

For Students 4th - 12th
Are funky-looking fruits and vegetables dangerous? Not if you carefully wash them. Find out why by checking out this short video that explains the science behind the cosmetic problems.
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Batch Bake

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Sweet and savory muffins, yum. Young bakers bake batches of these tasty treats to demonstrate their competence in the kitchen. A real recipe for success.
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Mission Meals

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students calculate the basal metabolic needs of astronauts. In this food preservation lesson, students take on the role of a NASA nutritionist to create a diet for an astronaut. Students create a meal plan for a week to maintain enough...
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Grapevine Magic

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Students observe raisins and discuss where they come from. They dry grapes using a variety of methods and then observe, compare, and illustrate the results.
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Pack It Up

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students watch a video on food preservation. They research what happens to items that cannot be recycled locally.
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Hazards of Defrosted Food

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Peas spoilage hot, peas spoilage cold: examine the bacterial growth on newly defrosted peas versus peas that have been defrosted for 24 hours. Using the session one questions in the "Microbes and Food Spoilage" PDF, learners will make...
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Chapter 16, Food Biotechnology

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Although the points given on these slides are valid, the visual accessibility is poor. Consequently, many viewers would be distracted or entirely unable to view the presentation.  The content is a review of microorganisms and their...
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1869: A Report on Schools in North Carolina

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
One of the five legal duties of children in most states is to attend school until age 16. In 1869, to justify the funding of compulsory, public education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina declared, “The State...
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Expression: Masks - Activity 1

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students create art plans for an "installation" after viewing a video of Native American mask making that centers around the Salmon rack idea. Emphasis is placed on collaborative work in this introductory lesson.
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Basically Acids

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Base your lesson plan on acids and bases on an informative resource. The first installment of a five-part module on the science behind Harry Potter has individuals investigate acid/base chemistry with the use of invisible inks. They also...
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WS 6.7 Effects & Applications of Nuclear Chemistry

For Students 10th - 12th
For this nuclear chemistry worksheet, students are given the biological effects of nuclear radiation. They are also given a list of uses of nuclear chemistry and Einstein's theory of special relativity to calculate the energy change in...
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WS 9.7 Acid-Base Neutralization

For Students 10th - 12th
In this acid-base neutralization learning exercise, students define neutralization reactions, write an equations showing a neutralization reaction and write and balance acid-base reactions. They find antacids at home and determine the...
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Clay Animal Whistles

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Investigate North Carolina pottery history by creating clay animal whistles, a traditional leisure activity in the region. They research a particular animal and jot down its attributes to include in their project. Find step-by-step...
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Simulation of Irradiation

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this irradiation worksheet, students simulate the effects of irradiation on bacteria growth by using UV light. Then students complete 6 short answer questions.
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Agriculture Shapes Kentucky History

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the lives of early American Indians and settlers in Kentucky. They describe the agricultural practices of Indians native to Kentucky and develop a supply list for a group of settlers coming to the state to establish...
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Biotech in a Bag

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students carry out a series of experiments using self-locking plastic baggies. Each experiment demonstrates a phenomenon or principle of biotechnology.
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Food For Keeps

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore food. In this processed and fresh foods lesson, students discover how some foods are processed and how they differ from fresh food. The complete group activities and an individual reading assignment. This lesson includes...
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FACS: From Milk to Cheese & Seed to Shelf (Ag)

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Young scholars explore eight Career and Technical areas and make connections with business, family and consumers, and technology. They examine and describe how agriculture and natural resources impact our quality of life. Students...
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Catering Middle-School Science: Monomers, Polymers, and Macromolecules

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate foods. In this biology lesson plan, students will conduct testing on different types of foods as they learn about different molecules that make them up. Students will also learn about the shapes of the molecules.
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Say Cheese

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students examine the differences in the working and eating conditions between the late 1800s and today. They engage in an Internet Quest for information on cheese which culminate in a hands-on cheese-making experience and tasting activity.
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Stoichiometry Lab

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders calculate the amount of a chemical product. In this chemical reaction lab, 10th graders compute how much product will be produced when measured amounts of reactants are used. They calculate the percent yield gained from the...
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Welcome to the New World

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore early English exploration in North Carolina in a lesson about North Carolina history. They read English documents about early North Carolina and interpret them for information. In small groups, students will either...
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1869: A Report on Schools in North Carolina

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the historical development of public education by using a primary source from 1869. They discuss public education issues in 1869 and link them to local, state, and national current event issues in public...
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Biology Crossword Puzzle 3

For Students 7th - 9th
In this online interactive biology crossword puzzle worksheet, students use the 9 clues to find the appropriate answers to complete the word puzzle.
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Archaeology: Quiz 57

For Students 5th - 8th
In this archaeology instructional activity, students answer multiple choice questions about kings, silk, and more. Students complete 4 questions total.
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Our Food and Microorganisms

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students answer questions about how microorganisms can affect our food supply and how they can be controlled. The first set of inquiry activities are directed by the teacher. Subsequent activities are based on students generating their...
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Good Guys or Bad Guys

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders complete a variety of activities to explore both positive and negative effects of microorganisms. They, in groups, engage in a series of experiments which illustrate the effects of certain molds.
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How Much Radiation is Around You?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the use, misuse and fear of radiation. They read an article about radiation on food and discuss the positives and negatives of this process. They answer questions to complete the lesson.
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Uses of Coal

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students be aware of the products made possible by coal by studying about the four major markets of coal: electric utilities, industrial/retail users, the steel industry and exports.

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