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Type of Resource: SciGuide
Average Rating: Rating
 based on 3 reviews
Publication Title: None
Grade Level: Elementary School, Informal Education


SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts. This SciGuide was co-developed between FDA and NSTA.

Have you ever been at a faculty meeting when all of a sudden you became ill to your stomach? Have you ever had a “24 hour flu?” Was it really a flu caused by a virus or was it something else? Could it have been food poisoning?

Ideas For Use


Food Safety & Bacteria for Lower Grades
Posted in Life Science by Carolyn Mohr on Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:19 PM

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Cell respiration
Chemical reactions
Digestive system
Physical fitness
Intended User Role:College/University Professor (preservice science education), Elementary-Level Educator, Informal Educator, New Teacher, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
Educational Issues:Achievement, Assessment of students, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Integrating technology, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 9 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 9 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Life Science
    • Structure and function in living systems
      • Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function (5-8)
      • Important levels of organization for structure and function include cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, whole organisms, and ecosystems (5-8)
      • The human organism has systems for digestion, respiration, reproduction, circulation, excretion, movement, control, and coordination, and for protection from disease. These systems interact with one another. (5-8)
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
    • Personal health
      • Nutrition is essential to health.
      • Students should understand how the body uses food and how various foods contribute to health.
      • Regular exercise is important to the maintenance and improvement of health. (5-8)
      • The benefits of physical fitness include maintaining healthy weight, having energy and strength for routine activities, good muscle tone, bone strength, strong heart/lung systems, and improved mental health. (5-8)
      • Personal exercise, especially developing cardiovascular endurance, is the foundation of physical fitness. (5-8)
  • Process Standards for Professional Development
    • Design
      • Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)

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User Reviews

Wash your Hands
  Sandra on April 25, 2013
  Loved this Sci Guide more than I initially thought I would. I was able to focus on teaching the 4 C's with the help of the lesson plan and vignettes that are clearly written out step by step in the Sci Guide. Used the songs provided from My students enjoyed having fun songs that I paired hand and body motions to. There were other songs that I was able to incorporate into a piece of my assessment for the learning that I tied into my health standards.

Science of Food Safety
  Deanna Spain on April 9, 2012
  This was a very informative Sci Guide. I really liked the lessons and ideas, especially the ones on Bacteria, Taking Care of Farm Animals, the 4 C's, and handwashing. I currently teach Kindergarten and I am definitely going to be able to adapt many of the lessons to fit the needs of my students. I really like the lesson about taking care of farm animals. It talked about how to properly care for and feed farm animals, especially cows. Cows are important for giving us meat and milk. I also thought that the handwashing lessons were very appropriate for all grade levels. This sci guide is very informative and a must read for every educator!

Science of Food Safety SciGuide Review
  Lori on April 30, 2012
  I found the resources in this SciGuide to be very useful in teaching a lesson on Food Safety to a class of second graders. It is nice to have so many resources for food safety in one place, especially since there is so much out there on the Internet. There are great sites for teachers as well as for students. The themes I was able to use were Understanding Bacteria and Retail and Home. There are many links from these themes to teach about bacteria, hand washing, and the four core principles of food safety (clean, separate, cook, chill). Students enjoyed using the interactive games such as the Food Safety Web Wheel ( and Food Detective Fight BAC! ( Another fun resource is a site for Food Safety Music ( where you can download a power point of the words for students to follow along as the song is played. One thing I would liked to have seen is better student work samples with more writing. Overall, this is an excellent resource.