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Milk Processing - Dairy Australia

Milk Processing - Dairy Australia | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it
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Teachers can use this website to teach students about the nutritional benefit of dairy and the technology involved in moving dairy products from the farm to the plate. The website provide interactive activities and games for students. In addition, it has teaching resources for teachers. 

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)


http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Over Exposure To Unhealthy Food Brands - What Can You Do About It?

Over Exposure To Unhealthy Food Brands - What Can You Do About It? | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it
We're all familiar with junk foods and asparents are constantly bombarded with information on just how unhealthy it is for kids' whose diets consist mostly of junk and fast foods.
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This blog article talks about how children on constantly exposed to junk food. The media makes unhealthy food look appetising. The article suggests that in order to combat junk food promotion, we should make healthy food easily available. As a way to get students thinking about the food industry and food promotion, teachers could read this article to students and have them think about the advertisements they see everyday. Teachers could have students engage in a learning activity on food promotion. Students could pretend to be marketing healthy food. They must work together in a group to come up with ways to promote healthy eating. For example, they could make a poster to hang in the school or make an announcement over the intercom. 

 

The content descriptor ACTDEK045 for Year 9 and 10 states, "Investigate and make judgments on how the principles of food safety, preservation, preparation, presentation and sensory perceptions influence the creation of food solutions for healthy eating." Students will explore how food companies market their food products in order to appeal to people.


http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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The bread-making process

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The bread-making process is seen from start to finish at a small specialist bakery.

Via Karen Willis
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BBC offers this engaging video clip for students to watch. The video shows the bread making process from start to finish. Students can watch this film to gain an understanding of how bread is made and supplied to society as a part of a healthy lifestyle. 

 

A bread making lesson could be drawn from this clip to allow students to have a hands-on experience. With the aid of the teacher and/or teacher aids, students can engage themselves in the bread making process from start to finish. Safety rules and guidelines would need to be in place. This would be a fun lesson for students to cook and then eat there final product. 

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Karen Willis's curator insight, May 25, 2014 7:30 PM

This is a fun and innovative way to explore food production. BBC offer this engaging clip where students can see bread being made from start to finish and considered how it is made and supplied to society for healthy eating. 

 

A bread making lesson could be drawn from this clip, what a fun hands on and engaging way to learn concepts of food production as students made their own bread in class! Safety policies and procedures would have to be adhered to and a relevant risk assessment undertaken however, once everything is in place this is a great opportunity for students. 

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

 http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Designing a sandwich (pt 1/2)

Designing a sandwich (pt 1/2) | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it
The process of creating a new sandwich is shown from the initial design meeting and taste testing, through mass production to a final evaluation.

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Designing a Sandwich is a lesson idea that teaches design and technologies. Students will watch videos that show machinery slicing tomatoes and ham, chopping cucumbers, spreading butter and cutting sandwiches and packaging the final product. After watching the videos students will get the chance to make their own sandwiches with classroom resources. Students will compare the time it takes to make their sandwich versus the time it takes to the machinery and the mass production of the sandwiches. Teachers can discuss with the students healthy options for sandwiches and the technology and tools it takes to create a sandwich.

 

This lesson links to the Australian curriculum technologies: 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, and 2.9. Here is a link to the curriculum: 

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10#levelF-2 

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Corinne Owen's comment, April 26, 2014 9:13 AM
Great scoop Karen... I can see this working well in the classroom... such a simple idea yet so much learning can be drawn from it
Kelly Frintzilas's comment, April 26, 2014 9:21 PM
Nice item Karen. I imagine students would be very engaged in a lesson like this. As you mention, multiple avenues can be taken with this lesson idea, allowing for the integration of other key learning areas, cross-curriuclum priorities and general capabilities. I like how it encourages the viewing of the video first, before the students get a chance to get 'hands on' so to speak. This resource promotes understanding and creativity.
Melissa Bufalino's comment, April 30, 2014 7:27 AM
This looks great @Karen Willis.. would definitely like to try this simple, yet effective lesson in my class someday
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Hand Hygiene Australia - Fact Sheets

Hand Hygiene Australia - Fact Sheets | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it
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The "Hand Hygiene Australia" website provides information on when people should wash their hands in order to maintain maximum health such as washing your hands before eating, before preparing food, and after handling meat. The website provides two printable posters that could be hung in the classroom to remind children to wash their hands in order to practice good hygiene. The Australia Curriculum: Technologies 6.4 states, "Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene." This website gives teachers the information needed to teach students about the importance of clean hands and good hygiene.

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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The 5 W's of Food Production

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The who, what, when, where, and why we produce food the way we do

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Brittany Jurgemeyer created the blog "The 5 W's of Food Production" to inform people about why food is produced the way it is and how it is related to the agriculture industry. The five W's are Who, What, When, Where and Why, This would be a great resource for primary teachers to use in their classroom. The website is easy for children to navigate and it teaches the five W's of food production with words, pictures and videos. This blog would be a good tool to use when meeting the Australian Curriculum: Technologies 4.3 which states, "Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies." Students could spend time reading the five W's of food production and learn more about food production and how it relates to the agriculture industry.

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Andrea Taylor's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:35 PM

The 5 W’s of Food Production is a blog developed by Brittany Jurgemeyer who is currently studying Agriculture in  the United States who has a passion for educating young and old people about Agriculture. The mission of the 5W’s blog is to “educate consumers on all aspects of food production and the agriculture industry through up to date news, multimedia, and the who, what, when, where, and whys of food production” (Jurgemeyer, n.d.). This website will provide information beneficial to teaching the Food and Fibre Production technology content strand as Brittany’s blog provides information regarding food production as well as a teacher resource page. The benefit of this blog is that you can subscribe to email updates as to when a new blog has been posted. 

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Hydroponics | Education.com

Hydroponics | Education.com | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it
In this free science fair project, experiment with whether plants grow best in nutrient solution or plants. Explore the science of hydroponics.

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When teaching students on food production,  this is a great experiment for students to explore the different methods of growing plants. Students will learn about the science of hydroponics. They will compare whether plants grow best in nutrient solution, sand, soil, gravel or other materials. Have students work together and discuss their findings.

 

This experiment aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies 8.4 "Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable." Students can analyse their findings even further and discuss how they think food can be produced in the most sustainable way. 

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Sarah Salvesani's curator insight, March 6, 2014 11:34 PM

Hi everyone,

 

This would be a good experiment for teachers to use with students, to test which conditions work the best to nurture plants.

 

In focusing on food production, teachers could also conduct an experiment with students to compare and critique the quality and rate of growth, of plants produced in both a water solution and soil.

Students could work in groups and at the end of the experiment collaborate, to discuss which solution worked better and why. I believe it is important to allow students to collaborate about the process, in order to produce thought provoking questions that may be researched in the future.

 

Enjoy! 

 

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Labelling

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The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website provides information on food labels. Food labels give information to the public such as the ingredient list, use by dates, storage information and warning statements. When teaching students about food production, it is important to inform students on how to read a food label and what information is on a food label. 

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 

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khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:40 AM
Karen i believe that this resource and information would open up students' mind. It would make the students think first before putting food in their mouth.
Katherine Reed's comment, May 1, 2014 3:16 AM
Great site Karen - very worthwhile information to put forward to students to apply some critical thinking about what we are putting in our mouths!
Jake Cumner's comment, June 5, 2014 7:32 AM
Such an important skill to teach students, especially with the increase in pre-packaged foods available.
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Fresh For Kids - The best source of fresh fruit and vegetable information on the net!

Fresh For Kids - The best source of fresh fruit and vegetable information on the net! | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it
Questions and answers about fruit and vegetables preparation for food

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This is a great website for fruit and vegetable information. The website was created by the Sydney Markets Limited Fresh for Kids program to encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. The website has separate tabs for children, parents and teachers. In the kids section, students can play games and learn about different sports. The parents tab has tips for healthy snacks and meals. The website includes information on how to prepare and store fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a great resource for parents, teachers and students to access for health food information.

 

It links directly to the Australian Curriculum: Technologies as it provides information on technologies associated with health food production and storage. One relevant content descriptor is ACTDEK022 which states, "Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene." Another relevant content descriptor is ACTDEK003 which states, "Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating." 

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Sarah Salvesani's curator insight, April 2, 2014 6:17 AM

Hey everyone,

 

thought this was a lovely website created as a project by the The Sydney Markets to encourage kids to develop a healthy lifestyle by regularly eating fresh fruit and vegetables. 

I have specifically linked to the page about preparing food safely but if you explore the website there is a large amount of information for teachers, parents and also kids. I love how the website is visually friendly and suitable for everyone. As a parent it would be perfect for lunch ideas ;)

 

 I particularly loved looking at the section on making your own fresh fruit and vegetable purees for toddlers. That was quite interesting as we sometimes forget about the 'do it yourself' approach as there are so many products for sale on supermarket shelves these days. I believe making it yourself would be a better approach, as you could monitor what you are actually feeding your child.

 

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Additive-Free Pantry | Eliminating the unnecessary additivies within your home pantries - Blog

Additive-Free Pantry | Eliminating the unnecessary additivies within your home pantries - Blog | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it

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This is a blog that looks into how many additives are in children's packed lunches. The lunch on the left contains 36 additives, whereas the lunch on the right has 0 additives. Teaches could use this comparison to teach children about additives in technology. In modern society, packaged food uses many additives. This technology helps the food companies but it has a harmful effect on our health and nutrition. Fresh foods are more health for our bodies. This blog looks into alternative food options that are healthier. Teachers can discuss with the students which foods can additives and which food are natural foods. It is important for students to consider what they put into their bodies. 

 

This links up to the Australian Curriculum technologies 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9. Here is a link to the curriculum: 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Michelle Poulter's comment, April 23, 2014 5:26 PM
What an interesting website and a great find. It is so scary to realise what goes into the food we are feeding our children and ourselves. Very informative. Thanks for the great find.
Karen Willis's comment, April 25, 2014 7:43 PM
I agree with Michelle what a great resource, I am very passionate about nutrition and avoid additives when feeding my children. It is not always easy - especially with lunch box snacks.
Karen Willis's curator insight, April 27, 2014 1:43 AM

This blog looks at food and offers ideas on how to make healthy choices in the kitchen. It also looks at how processed foods contain many additives and the more they are processed the greater the additives. Students will compare and consider  how natural foods are healthier and undergo fewer processes resulting in no additives. Students will consider how technology is used in society to speed up the process of foods however it may not serve a purpose or suit everyone's needs, such as health as so many additives are used through modern technology to process and create many foods we consume in modern society.

   

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it

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The not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation provides resources for teachers to use in order to implement the Australian Curriculum. The program highlights the learning that takes place in the classroom, kitchen and garden. It emphasises the flavours as well as the nutritional benefits of fresh foods. The program also stresses the importance of balanced diets and foods in moderation. It has proven to show social benefits to all students, including those with special needs. 

 

This links to many relevant content descriptors such as ACTDEK003 which states, "Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating."

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:16 AM
This resource would be great for use in the cities. As you say Jenni, many of these students are unaware of where their food actually comes from. I do believe that this would also cover a SOSE descriptor for Year 1 in the Essential Learnings!
Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 24, 2013 3:01 AM

After doing a unit on designing a community project, this would be a great way to allow the students to be involved in a real-life learning and put to practice the design processes that they learnt about from the unit.  From this website you can find lesson plans, activities and units that could be used in your classroom.

 

Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 30, 2013 12:44 AM
I love the way Stephanie has used her knowledge and past it onto to schools. It would be interesting to know if the children at participating schools, have a lower obesity rate. I think if children are involved in the whole process of the food production chain, then I think this surely could reduce obesity rates in young children.
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The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies

The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies | Food Technologies to Promote Healthy Lifestyles | Scoop.it
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Here is the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. I have based my curation of food technologies for healthy lifestyles on the curriculum.

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Traditional Society Food Processing

Ngadjonji rainforest aboriginal people and their technology of food processing.

Via Andrea Taylor
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This website is a great resource for teachers to use when implementing 4.3 of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies which states, "Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies." Teachers could use this website to teach students the way the Ngadjonji rainforest aboriginal people processed their food and the technology associated with their food processing. Then, teachers could expand the lesson further and have a discussion comparing the technology involved in the Ngadjonji's food processing compared to modern food processing. 

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Andrea Taylor's curator insight, May 22, 2013 10:23 AM

This website would be extremely beneficial to teachers when implementing the content strand of 4.3 of the Technology Curriculum as it will enable students to explore different types of poisonous plant food in traditional societies. It specifically looks at the Aboriginal tribe of Ngadjonji foods and the process of cooking, grating, and leaching to remove the poison from the foods to ensure they are safe to eat. This will enable discussion and comparisons to occur about the use of different food technologies in the modern society compared to a traditional society. 

Matt Hay's curator insight, March 9, 2014 9:33 PM

Here teachers can find extensive information on traditional Aboriginal uses of plant, insect, animal and foods by the Ngadjonji people.  This resource increases student engagement by connecting learning with the land, past and present. Students investigate categories such as shelter, clothing, healthy eating and food processing traditions; then compare traditional methods against modern societies methods.

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How to Keep Vital Nutrients in Food When Cooking

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Via Andrea Taylor
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This article titled "How to Keep Vital Nutrients in Food When Cooking" provides details on how to get the most nutrients out of your food. The article explains that it is important to start with the best ingredients, use appropriate cooking methods, add more fiber and pay attention to the food pyramid. This would be a good article to have students read when teaching on health and food preparation.

 

It aligns with the Australian Curriculum Technologies 6.4 which states, "Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene." Students need to know that the way they prepare food is important. There are ways to prepare food in order to receive the most nutritional benefit. 


http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Andrea Taylor's curator insight, April 11, 2013 8:31 AM

This article ‘How to keep vital nutrients in food when cooking’ provides some key tips about keeping the vitamins and minerals within the food we cook and eat. It is suggested that we need to firstly, start with the best ingredients (e.g. fresh produce), secondly use appropriate cooking methods, thirdly add more fiber to your meals (e.g. using wholemeal products) and fourthly pay attention to the food pyramid. Therefore it is these suggestions that will provide beneficial content knowledge when teaching the Food technologies strand of 6.5 focusing on food preparation techniques for producing nutritious foods.