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What's That Food? (pre-assessment)

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Barbara Tharp, MS.


Divide the class into groups of 4 student each. 

Materials per Student Group

  • Sheet of white construction or chart paper, 9 in. x 12 in.
  • 4 brown paper lunch bags with food item (see Setup)

Materials per Student

  • Hand lens (or magnifier) 
  • Copy of “Healthy Eating” student sheet (revised to use graphics)


Each group of students will observe and describe a different food item. To prevent students from identifying the foods assigned to other groups, keep all food items inside brown paper bags. Create a set of four identical bags for each group of students (this will allow each student to make his/her own observations). For example, each student in Group 1 will receive a bag with one piece of macaroni. Select a different food type for each student group. (See Sample Setup chart in the teacher’s guide.) 

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932