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If you’d like to see mathematics and science come to life for your students, try FoodMASTER! This program is designed to help you present concepts with fun, hands-on food activities students are sure to enjoy. Preparation is simple and curriculum downloads are FREE thanks to SEPA sponsorship!

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About FoodMASTER Middle

Welcome to the FoodMASTER Middle program for middle school grades 6 – 8! This curriculum was developed by FoodMASTER with funding from the National Institutes of Health: Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) to present sixth through eighth grade students with ten basic topics in foods to help develop mathematic and science skills.

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Each topic area includes hands-on mathematic and science lessons to take your students on an exciting and innovative exploration of food and science. These engaging lessons will have your students developing skills and thinking about learning in a new fashion that is fun and exciting for everyone involved. Below are a few resources to help you as a FoodMASTER Teacher.

Science Student Edition

The science student edition is a hands-on Scientific Inquiry workbook designed to be easy for students to follow. Each lab activity can be adapted to fit a variety of classroom structures. The student PDF documents have fillable fields for completion on a computer or tablet if desired. Each of the ten FoodMASTER Middle student chapters includes a brief introduction, one to three hands-on lab investigations, and a health-related investigation. Reading introductions introduce students to new vocabulary words and engage students in the unit topic. Students will develop science inquiry and problem solving skills using real food to complete “Food Exploration” lab investigations. A flexible and creative classroom atmosphere will enhance the hands-on curriculum.

Science Teacher Edition

The teacher edition was developed by FoodMASTER with funding from the National Institutes of Health: Science Education Partnership Award to present middle grade students with ten basic topics in foods. Each topic area includes hands-on lab investigations to take your students on an exciting and innovative exploration of food and science. These engaging labs will have your students developing skills and thinking about learning in a new fashion that is fun and exciting for everyone involved. For each lesson, a summary of the unit, objectives, science content standards addressed, background content information, materials needed, and a suggested instruction plan including teacher tips and answer keys. 

The student workbook pages are designed to be student friendly and easy for both teachers and students to follow. Teachers are encouraged to read through the labs ahead of time and decide on the best format (teacher-directed, small groups, or individual) for completing each lab with their students. The chosen method of implementation may vary depending on the amount of time, equipment and supplies, and number of classroom adult supervisors available, as well as safety considerations and learner needs.

Get a sneak peak at the Middle School curriculum below. Review Lesson Plans, demos and videos, and then download the full curriculum.

Science Curriculum Topics

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Weight & Measures

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.
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Food Safety

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Science Curriculum Topics

measuring cups

Weight & Measures

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

kid holding potatoes in garden

Food Safety

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

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Vegetables

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Fruits

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Milk & Cheese

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Meat, Fish, Poultry & Eggs

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Grains

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Sugar

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Fats & Oils

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

Energy Balance

Students will explore food safety concepts by learning how to read thermometers and measuring temperatures, about bacteria that we carry on our hands, potential disease-causing bacteria that can grow on food, and the health benefits of proper food safety practices.

The FoodMASTER curriculum is free for public, private and home school teachers to download and use!

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Middle School Equipment & Supply Lists

Introduction, Lessons Equipment & Supply List (Teacher Version)
Introduction (Student Version)

Glossary (Teacher Version)
Glossary (Student Version)


What does it take to be a FoodMASTER?

Are you enthusiastic enough to be a FoodMASTER? The hands-on FoodMASTER activities in this curriculum do take the commitment of a special teacher who is willing to take the extra time to bring food and supplies into the classroom. It also requires that teachers manage their classrooms in a more open fashion that they may not be accustomed to.

However, if you desire to see science come to life for your students, you will find this method very enjoyable, rewarding and satisfying. Previous work with the FoodMASTER method indicated that 85% of the students repeated one or more of the activities at home! You will be filled with satisfaction when you see students applying real-life science in the classroom and as you hear students share their stories of food lab cooking at home.

Other Resources

Hungry for more? The National Agriculture in the Classroom website offers free agriculture-based resources for your classroom. Visit agclassroom.org for more information!

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