Food and YOU

If you’d like to see mathematics and health sciences come to life for your students, try FoodMASTER! This numeracy program is designed to use measurements and mathematics to assess health and make healthy decisions.  Downloads are FREE thanks to SEPA sponsorship!

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About FoodMASTER Numeracy Program

Welcome to the FoodMASTER Numeracy Program for high schoolers, Food and YOU! The curriculum contained in this packet was developed by FoodMASTER with funding from the National Institutes of Health: Science Education Partnership Award (NIH SEPA) to present high school grade students with ten basic topics in foods. Each topic area includes lessons to take your students on an exciting and innovative exploration of food and mathematics. These engaging lessons will lead your students to develop new skills, causing them to think about learning in a way that is fun and exciting for everyone involved.

Food and YOU! Numeracy Matters is a grade 9-12 workbook focusing on nutritional assessment and food composition calculations for high school students, providing students with a story about high schoolers, Savannah and James. Both characters have common concerns and questions about their nutrition and health, and story information guides students in using mathematical equations to learn more about the characters’ concerns and exploration around topics having to do with health, food and nutrition. Under the direction of a teacher, students can complete the activities in the classroom to ensure accuracy and skill in using mathematical equations. Subsequently, students should be able to use mathematical equations to calculate their own numbers in private, later using the information to discuss their personal health with their parents and healthcare providers. The workbook aims to assist students in becoming acquainted with their own numbers in order to become mathematically-literate consumers of healthcare information. 

Mathematic & Science Curriculum Topics

kitchen

Food Safety

Learn safe food practices for food safety and sanitation to help prevent foodborne illnesses.
measuring spoons

Weights & Measures

Review and fine tune your skills to be better prepared to use concepts of weights and measurements in the kitchen.

Mathematic & Science Curriculum Topics

kitchen

Food Safety

Learn safe food practices for food safety and sanitation to help prevent foodborne illnesses.

measuring spoons

Weights & Measures

Review and fine tune your skills to be better prepared to use concepts of weights and measurements in the kitchen.

vegetables

Vegetables

Learn about vegetable science and preparation.

fruits

Fruits

Learn about fruit science and preparation.

grains

Grains

Learn about grain science and preparation.

candy

Sugar

Learn about sugar science and candy making.

dairy products

Milk & Cheese

Learn about milk and cheese science while making cheese and evaluating milk and cheese products based on sensory characteristics and nutrient composition.

brown eggs

Eggs

Learn about egg science and the many functional properties of eggs in food formulations.

meats

Meat, Poultry & Fish

Learn about the science of meat, poultry and fish, as well as common preparation.

oils

Fats & Oils

Learn about fat science, frying methods and fat absorption.

muffins

Quick Breads

Learn about quick bread science and experiment with different flours and preparation techniques.

dough roller

Yeast Breads

Learn about yeast science and experiment with different flours in preparing yeast breads.

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

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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.