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Lesson 1
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Lesson 2
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Lesson 3
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Lesson 4
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Lesson 5
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Elementary School Food Safety Lessons

Lesson 5 Showing andBAC to school Telling What You Know

National Health Education Standards
(grades 1-4) 1:1; 1:8; 3:1;7:1;7:2;7:4

Have the students introduce their family members, and then several students will introduce the program components of the day.
  1. State:
    “We are happy to see so many family members here today [as well as grade __ and their teacher _______, and our principal]. I would like each student who has family here to introduce their family members. You can say, 'This is my mother, Mrs. _______.' Or you can say 'This is my Uncle Jim,' whatever you like. I know you will stand when you introduce your guests.”
  2. State:
    “We have been working together for several lessons to learn that some bacteria can cause foodborne illnesses. We have learned that the bacteria will have less of a chance to get into our food if we carefully wash our hands. We have also learned some rules about how to keep the bacteria from multiplying if it does get in our food. We will share some of what we have learned about food safety with you today.”
  3. State:
    “I'd like to introduce _______, who will tell us about what we will do first in our program. Continue introducing each student who will present an introduction to each segment of the program.”
activity 1
  1. The student in charge should review the learning objectives found in Lesson 1 by calling on previously selected students to express each objective. Students should express the following objectives in their own words.
  • Students will learn that some bacteria in foods can cause illness.
  • Students will learn that they should wash their hands to fight bacteria (Clean).
  • Students will learn that when storing foods they should SEPARATE foods to avoid Cross-Contamination.
  • Students will learn that bacteria can be destroyed by Cooking.
  • Students will learn that bacteria can multiply if cold foods become warm. They will learn the principle of Chill.
  1. The presenting student should then introduce the video Smart Kids Fight Bac™ by saying:
    “We want to show you a video we enjoyed that helped us understand food safety rules.”
  2. After the video, the student in charge should say:
    “Here are the rules we have learned in class:” (all class members repeat together) “Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.”
activity 2
Another student introduces the rule learned in Lesson 2 by saying:
“We also saw a video The Mystery of the Poisoned Panther Picnic, and learned a very good rule about preventing foodborne illness. (repeat as a class) 'Keep it clean. Keep it cold or keep it hot. Or don't you dare eat what's not.'”
activity 3
Student in charge will explain the Food Safety House flip chart used in teaching the food safety lessons. The student will say:
“We would like you to see the beautiful chart we used to talk about food safety. (Show sanitation floor) On the sanitation floor we learned the rules for hand washing and how we need to keep everything clean that touches food: our hands; surfaces, like kitchen counters; the kitchen and dining room table and the pots and pans we use for cooking and storing food.”
activity 4
The student introduces this section by saying:
“We learned how to keep food safe by storing food safely. The whole class will tell you the rule we learned. (repeat as a class) 'Place it food safety smart.' This rule helps us remember that when we put meat and chicken in the refrigerator we put it on a clean plate or paper towel on the bottom shelf. Susie (call on another student) will tell you why this is an important food safety rule.” (To keep these foods from dripping on others. These uncooked foods may carry harmful bacteria.)
  1. Summarize by saying:
    “I want to especially thank each and every one of the students in my class for helping you to understand the many new rules we have learned about how to keep us all from foodborne illness. We also want to thank you all for coming today.” (Lead the children in clapping for the principal, the other class, and/or their families.)
  2. Gifts related to health for each guest would be a fine touch for the day, and would demonstrate the cohesiveness and caring spirit exemplified in these food safety lessons. Gifts could be donated from local health care agencies, such as a hospital. (For example, hospitals may provide mugs, key rings, or safety magnets with health messages.) Families might also appreciate a flier that you have selected from one of the many agencies promoting food safety. Your local grocery or food store would be a good place to start for soliciting gifts!
integration ideas
  • BAC Attack: How Our School Fought BAC for Food Safety© sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education and the Food Marketing Institute Foundation. This video runs 19:45 minutes and is too long for a class period at 1-4 grade level. It is, however, excellent and is "reproducible for educational purposes." The school library could request the video. It could be used in an English or Science class as a supplement to any of the five lessons.
  • With the help of the English department, a press release for the local newspaper can be written by students in 3rd and 4th grade. The release can describe who, what, where, and when of this event and some of the rules of food safety that were presented.
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