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Nutrition Food Label Scavenger Hunt: High School Health Curriculum Health Lessons

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These Food Label lessons include 5 full lessons!! It includes food label reading, interactive activities, vending machine savvy, and cancer information. 


This digital download product, is editable in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for print and online on Google Drive.



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>> Integrated Skills Based, Content Based / Knowledge Based. The best of both worlds.

>> Meets HS/MS National Health Education Standards. 

>> Meets HS/MS Technical Subjects Health Common Core Standards.

>> Meets Washington State’s rigorous Health Education Standards.


Highlights of This Health Resource:


  • "Food Label Reading" worksheet and food labels - On Google Slides and for Print


  • "Food Label Scavenger Hunt" worksheet and food labels - On Google Slides and for Print


  • "Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt" - On Google Slides and for Print


  • "Vending Machine" worksheet - On Google Slides and for Print


  • "Independent Study Version! Food Label Reading" AND "Food Label Scavenger Hunt" STUDENT DIRECTIONS NOW ON GOOGLE DRIVE - Can be done completely independently by students! On Google Slides and for Print


  • "Cancer Warning Signs" and "Family Medical History Homework" On Google Slides and for Print


  • Fun graphics on PowerPoint!



This resource is taken from our #1 Best-Selling High School Health Curriculum on Teacher Pay Teachers!!



Students will learn these truths:


  • That Costco pizza has 444 more calories than a Costco hot dog!
  • That a large chocolate shake has 840 calories!
  • Just because Cherry Twizzlers don't have fat, if you eat 20 of them it's 600 calories!


Want Independent Study or You Teach and Send Students?


  • Teachers can literally send the 3 GOOGLE DRIVE links in this lesson and it can completely be done students by at home. Includes step-by-step visual "PowerPoint Student Directions" in a Google PDF, and 2 fill-in Google Slides Worksheets. Perfect for distance learning during school closures.


  • Or, when teaching in school, the printable version is also included (and Google Drive worksheets links can still be sent to students to save paper!)



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  • Awesome lesson that was self explanatory and all I had to do was to print and present the assignment to students."
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Here's More:


  1. I've used this activity for years and I love it because by the end of the day students feel confident that they know how to read a food label.
  2. The Scavenger Hunt is always a favorite with my 9th grade students!
  3. FULL STEP-BY-STEP TEACHER DIRECTIONS tell you what to say and they follow PowerPoint slides that walk you through each lesson as you teach your students!
  4. This resource includes ★ 5 FULL STAND-ALONE LESSONS from my #1 Best-Selling Nutrition Unit.
  5. Teach it from 1 to 5 days - it's up to you!



Here is what is included:


  • 63 pages of step-by-step teacher directions


  • A 95-Slide PowerPoint that walks you through the lessons


  • 10 Printable Documents (Or get "Food Label Worksheet" DIRECTIONS and LABELS now also on Google Drive!)


  • Printable copies of State, National, and Common Core Standards. (All 8 National Standards, 5 State Standards, and 4 Common Core Standards are met in this resource!)


  • Learning Targets
  • Explanation
  • Printable posters for each lesson
  • “Success Criteria Sheet” for students to copy target at beginning of class, and answer questions at the end of class



Day 1: PRE-LESSON - FOOD LABEL READING (Directions and Worksheet on Google Docs!)

  • How to read a food label
  • Media Literacy: Deceptive packaging, unrealistic serving sizes and servings per container...
  • Real food container examples!
  • Grocery Store Savvy and product manipulation
  • “How to Read a Food Label Activity” With new U.S.D.A food labels!
  • Healthy Schools Information (National Association of State Board of Education Policy Database)
  • How to tell if a product is “healthy”
  • Food label reading video
  • “How to Read a Food Label Worksheet” With new U.S.D.A food labels!


Day 2: FOOD LABEL SCAVENGER HUNT LESSON (Directions and Worksheet on Google Slides!)  New labels edited to match U.S.D.A food labels!


For the "Food Label Scavenger Hunt" students will read food labels from these 5 categories:



This activity covers all the most important information on a food label and issues associated with these items:

  • Calories
  • Serving size
  • Fat
  • Saturated fat
  • High blood pressure
  • Sodium
  • Sugar
  • Comparing foods
  • Teaspoons of sugar in drinks
  • Protein
  • The math involved in figuring total % fat, or % sugar in products
  • This lesson also includes an adapted, shortened, easier version for your "Special Needs" students
  • Also learn more about the new U.S.D.A Food Label



  • Interactive label information on Google Slides-Interactive sheet must be done with real paper!
  • Funny Fast Food Versus Reality Video
  • “Interactive Food Label” activity With new U.S.D.A food labels!
  • Vending Machine Policy Activity: Students analyze vending machine products to determine if they are “healthy”
  • Vending Machine Worksheet – Collecting class data



  • Nutrition-related illnesses
  • Research related articles
  • How diet affects CANCER
  • Cancer warning signs
  • 7 Signs of Cancer Handout
  • “Dear Me” skin cancer video
  • Family Medical History Parent-Teen Communicator Homework
  • Cancer Quilt Project
  • Illness and Nutrition Quiz
  • Longevity Game



*NOTE: New labels edited to match U.S.D.A food labels! While the food labels in the "Food Label Reading" activity, the "Interactive Food Label," and many PowerPoint slides are now the NEW U.S.D.A. labels, because the U.S.D.A. food labels are so new, I was not able to find online digital copies of all the 42 labels for the products in the "Scavenger Hunt."


We took the time to use data from several food label databanks to edit the 42 food labels myself so they closely matched the new U.S.D.A. labels!!






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      Customer Reviews

      Based on 45 reviews
      Angela D.

      This is a very through resource and I loved it! My students also found it engaging and really grasped reading nutrition labels after we worked through this.

      Victoria R.

      thank you so much for making this resource! It was so nicely put together :)

      Kim Aurelio

      Really enjoyed using this for my summer tutoring kids.

      Vanessa S.

      I used this resource during our labelling and healthy foods unit, it was a fun and slightly competitive activity for students to explore what amount of different minerals and other substances are actually in our foods and it broke it down nicely. There was quite a bit of prep for it but overall it was definitely worth it. I did have to translate this resource to French because the class was taught in French and not your typical English Foods Studies class. I would definitely use this resource again in the future. Great job!

      Daniele E.

      Thank you for the great resource. Highly useful in a variety of ways.