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Standard Six
Objective One
Grade Six
Reading and
Food Labels
“I’m Labelman, and I’m here
to help you learn the
importance of Food Labels
and how to read them.”
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Food Labels are split up into sections::
Serving Size
Vitamins &
Think You understand
food labels now?
Let’s try this GAME!
% DV
Some foods need to be prepared before being eaten.
What happens if you have to ADD other things to them
before you eat them?
Serving Size
• Predetermined by the food manufacturer
• There can be and often are more than
one serving per package.
• What is the serving size of ICE CREAM?
If you don’t have a food
label to find the serving
size, there are some ways
to figure it out, and it is in
the “palm of your hand”
What is found on the food label?
What Nutritional information
can be found on a food label?
* Carbohydrates * Fat
(Fiber and Sugar)
* Cholesterol
* Protein
* Sodium
% Daily Value (% DV)
There is also a column called the % DV, which helps
us see what foods are a good source of nutrients and
which foods are not.
The % DV is generally based on a 2,000 calorie diet
(the average amount of calories a 6th Grader should
eat in a day)
We need a certain amount of FAT in our diet
to give us energy and provide need nutrients
for our body.
But eating too much saturated fat and trans
fat is bad for our bodies.
Which of these has good fat, and which has
• We need to watch the amount of cholesterol we
 Our own bodies make almost enough for what
we need, and if we eat too much it can lead to
heart attacks and strokes.
• Sodium is another name for salt. It helps balance
our body fluids, but too much can be harmful.
 A little sprinkle on your dinner won’t hurt, but
take a taste first and see if you need it.
There are two types of carbohydrates. They are:
• Fiber
• Sugar
Make sure you are eating lots of fiber and
minimal sugar, and you will have a happy body!
Protein helps build:
Vitamin A
Vitamin A is good for our:
• Eyes
• Skin
• Immune System
Look for vitamin A in:
Foods that are yellow or orange
• Carrots
• Sweet Potatoes
• Cantaloupe
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is good for our:
• Blood Vessels
• Immune System
Look for Vitamin C in:
• Citrus Fruits
• Tomatoes
• Red Berries
Let’s learn more about the % DV and
the 5/20 rule
What is the 5/20 rule?
What did we learn?
Let’s take this quiz and find out!
Click HERE for instructions on the homework assignment.
Vitamins and minerals are also
important things to look for:
*Vitamin A
*Vitamin C
What are Calories?
Calories are what gives us energy!
Without calories, we would be tired ALL
Each gram of fat has 9 calories
Each gram of Carbohydrate has 4 calories
Each gram of Protein has 4 calories.
Calcium is good for our:
• Bones
• Teeth
Look for calcium in:
• Milk
• Yogurt
• Cheese
Iron is good for our:
• Red blood cells
• Body growth
• Energy
Look for Iron in:
• Red Meat
• Spinach
• Oatmeal
Homework Assignment:
My Favorite Foods
• Take a digital camera and take macro shots of food labels of your favorite
foods, along with a shot of the packaging.
• Prepare a power point presentation. Each slide should include:
• A picture of the food label and packaging.
• A list of the total nutrients in the entire container. (If the label has a
section for prepared food, please use that information) Please include:
• The serving size
• Servings per container
• Calories
• Fat
• Carbohydrates
• Fiber
• Sugar
• Protein
• Also, include a title slide which includes a collage of all of your pictures
done on Picasa
• Please include at least six different types of food. Remember to use a wide
variety, include things like favorite cereal, favorite drink, favorite snack etc.
Here is an example of what I would like you to do:
My Favorite Foods
“Labelman” is used courtesy of the US Food and Drug Administration (
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (creator/poster). (February 24,2011). The Food
Label and You: The 5-20 Rule Part 1.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (creator/poster). (February 24, 2011). Are You
Smarter Than a Food Label?
Understanding Food Labels.

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