The Food Detectives Fight BAC!

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The Food Detectives Fight BAC! series gives kids a fun way to learn about food-borne illnesses. While listening to music and helping the Food Detectives solve cases, kids will learn important concepts about hygiene, food preparation, and bacteria.

Ornella Whelan‘s insight:

The Food Detectives Fight BAC! game has been designed for 8-12 year olds.  The interactive resource promotes: the importance of washing hands and surfaces; practices to avoid cross-contamination; and storing and cooking foods at correct temperatures.

 

The resource further supports student learning with links to additional student and teaching texts and informative websites. Furthermore, there are hygiene and food preparation learning activities:

 

Soapy Solutions: experimenting with different hand washing strategies to learn the most effective way to kill bacteria.

 

Be a Good Egg: cooking eggs for different lengths of time to investigate the effect heat has on eggs.

 

Cooling Counts: boiling water to learn how to use a thermometer, as well as information about the ‘danger zone.’

 

The experiments would  suitably address the Year 5 and 6 Australian Curriculum: Technologies content description of investigating the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene (ACARA, 2014). 

 

To further enhance the value of this resource, students could identify a real life context that relates to one of the experiments and design a process to ensure that food and hygiene guidelines are followed.

 

Reference:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved May 30, 2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=5-6&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&layout=1

 

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Food Safety Matters: Teachers Manual

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The teacher’s manual includes an introductory unit and two design challenges developed to enable students to demonstrate outcomes from the ‘Health and Physical Education’ and ‘Technology’ key learning areas.

Ornella Whelan‘s insight:

Developed by Queensland Health, in collaboration with the Home Economics Institute of Australia and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, this six part resource promotes five key messages relating to food safety: keep hands and nails clean; keep the kitchen clean; handle food safely; cook high-risk foods thoroughly; and keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

 

Part A: Provides teachers with example teaching experiences, a list of recommended resources and homework and extension ideas.

Part B: Provides teachers with an extensive range of student worksheets.

Part C: Includes a variety of black line masters for projectors.

Part D: Informs teachers of current information and research in the area of food safety.

Part E: Explains the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) approach, which can be used to expand the concept of food safety at a whole school level.

Part F: Provides references and links to further food safety related publications, videos and websites.

 

Although this resource has been specifically developed for secondary students, many of the ideas within the resource are suitable for Year 5 and 6 classrooms.

 

The Food Safety Checklist Design Challenge challenges students to design, make and use a food safety checklist to promote good practice related to hygiene, food storage, food preparation and cooking in the home (Queensland Health, n.d.). This learning experience would address both the ACTDEK022 (investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene) and ACTDEP024 (critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended design solutions) content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum: Technology (2014).

 

I believe the design challenges within this resource support the Australian Curriculum design and technologies rationale, which supposes that students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs (ACARA, 2014).

 

References:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved May 30, 2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=5-6&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&layout=1

 

Queensland Health (n.d.). Food safety matters. Retrieved from

 http://www.health.qld.gov.au/foodsafetymatters/documents/21864g.pdf

 

 

 

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FOOD PREPARATION : Picture Dictionary for Kids

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Create a Picture Dictionary for children when teaching about food preparation. This is a great way to provide concrete evidence while taping into multiple ways for children to learn. It uses specific terminology like grate, slice, knead and roast.

Ornella Whelan‘s insight:

This versatile resource provides students with visual representations and terminologies for a vast array of food preparation techniques.  The resource could be used simply as a dictionary type reference during the course of a food preparation based unit.  Furthermore, it could be a useful reference tool during practical food preparation lessons. Additionally, the resource could form the basis of a theoretical assignment with students researching food preparation techniques and safety practices.

 

In these contexts, the resource would address the Year 5 and 6 content description of investigating the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene (ACARA, 2014).  As a tool in a practical lesson, the resource correlates with the experimenting with tools, equipment, combining ingredients and techniques elaboration. 

 

Due to the versatility of this resource and the fact that multimodal representation of information supports the learning of visual learners and low literacy learners, I see great potential for the use of this resource in food technology lessons.

 

Reference:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved June 2, 2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=5-6&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&layout=1

 

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Basic food preparation techniques – YouTube

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This video demonstrates proper knife skills so you will be able to chop, dice, slice, and julienne foods easily. Written and spoken narration is provided wit…

Ornella Whelan‘s insight:

This resource could be used in the classroom to demonstrate, to students, basic food preparation techniques. In alignment with the Design and Technologies processes and production skills strand content descriptor asserting that students apply safe procedures when using a variety of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to make design solutions, this resource visually demonstrates the procedures to safely use a knife to chop, dice and julienne (ACARA, 2014).

 

As a hands-on learning experience, students could watch the video and then practice the techniques demonstrated in the video.  Furthermore, used in this context, the multimodal resource would support visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles.

 

Reference:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved June 2, 2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=5-6&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&layout=1

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Food & Nutrition: Food Safety Puzzles & Test – Resources – TES Australia

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A great range of resources to support teaching about food safety

Ornella Whelan‘s insight:

Created by Jan Harper (2013) a senior textile, food and ICT teacher, this collection of food safety resources consists of: quizzes and questionnaires for both formative and summative assessment; worksheets to consolidate and reinforce student knowledge and understanding about food safety; and activities for early finishers.

 

The Australian Curriculum Year 5 and 6 Achievement Standard articulates that by the end of Year 6, students should be able to select and use appropriate technologies and techniques correctly and safely to produce designed solutions (ACARA, 2014). These resources reinforce the general safety practices for food preparation and storage.  Thus, the resources will support student acquisition of the knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to safely and correctly produce designed solutions relating to food technologies. 

 

References:

 Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved May 20, 2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=5-6&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&layout=1

 

Harper, J. (2013, July 24). Food and Nutrition: Food Safety Puzzles and Test [Online resource]. Retrieved from http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Food-Hygiene-and-Safety-Food-Poisoning-6160394/

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Australian Curriculum Resources – Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

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The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation has worked closely with teachers, students and education departments to develop an extensive range of  resources that align with the Australian Curriculum.

Ornella Whelan‘s insight:

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKGP) has developed a range of food education resources.  The program engages students from 8 to 12 years of age with hands-on learning experiences.  Having worked closely with teachers, students and education departments, the SAKGP resources are aligned with the Australian Curriculum.  Furthermore, the program provides teachers with the training and resources necessary to deliver the program.

 

Instead of reading about how food is produced and prepared, students are engaging with the process and using technologies to grow and prepare the foods. Aspects of the program align with the Technologies curriculum.  In particular, the elaboration for ACTDEK022 suggesting that students experiment with tools, equipment, combining ingredients and techniques to design and make food products or meals for selected groups for healthy eating taking into consideration environmental impacts and nutritional benefits is addressed in many of the food production and preparation lessons (ACARA, 2014).

 

The resources would be of great value to engage those students who, at times, find classroom work challenging.  Moreover, the knowledge gained from the lessons could be shared with the student’s families and other year levels.

 

Reference:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved June 2, 2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=5-6&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&layout=1

 

 

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Food Hygiene Resources: Mystery at the Dog and Duck Lesson

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Ornella Whelan‘s insight:

The Mystery at the Dog and Duck is a Cluedo based learning experience where students are provided with scenarios from which they must determine: who was poisoned; which food caused the poisoning; what chain of events led to the food poisoning; and how could the incident have been avoided.

 

The resource is in alignment with the Year 5 & 6 Australian Curriculum: Technologies content description asserting that students investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene (ACARA, 20140).  In the learning experience, students use their knowledge about food hygiene practices to identify instances of unhygienic practices in the scenarios.  The resource supports consolidation of student knowledge and understanding. Furthermore, it promotes teamwork, communication and reasoning skills.

 

 

Reference:

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved June 2, 2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=5-6&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&layout=1

 

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