Quick summary: In this lesson, students are introduced to the industries and processes that get food from farmers’ fields into our homes. The lesson begins by introducing students to the idea of processed food. It shows how heavy processing can allow manufacturers to add sugar into our foods, even when it’s not really necessary. Students then move deeper into food processing, looking at the different steps that are taken to bring food all the way to our homes. They identify potential spots along the way where sugar might be added into those foods, and then reflect on the different jobs and industries involved in producing and selling food.
- Students understand what sugar is and where it comes from
- Students understand the effects of sugar on the body
- Students understand how too much sugar can negatively affect our bodies.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 HASS
- Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources (ACHASSI095)
- Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small- scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI096)
- Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)
- Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others (ACHASSI103)
Year 6 HASS
- Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)
- Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small- scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI124)
- Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)
- Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others (ACHASSI131)
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:
Students locate and collect data from a range of primary sources to answer inquiry questions. They sort, record and represent data in different formats, including large-scale and small-scale maps, using basic conventions.
Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:
Students locate and collect useful data and information from primary sources. They interpret data to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HASS – Years 5-6.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and activities.
- A3 sheets of paper, marker pens and Post-it Notes
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Production Line Example worksheet
- Example Meal image.
Keywords: sugar, produce, farming, food, processed sugar, added sugar.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.