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4 Ways to Teach Food Safety

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Food Safety Activities for Students

From foodborne illness, every year:

  • 1 in 6 Americans get sick
  • 128,000 are hospitalized
  • 3,000 die

In an effort to teach students the basics, we use some fun food safety activities as well as kitchen safety activities to keep them engaged while learning.

1- Present slideshow about food safety I know that many dislike the idea of presenting information to students but if the material is engaging, it is one of the best ways to introduce information to students. We like to use guided notes to help to keep students engaged as they learn new material. If you are in the routine of setting lessons up like this, students get used to it and actually prefer the structure.

food safety activities for high school and middle school
This no-prep lesson includes a slideshow, guided notes, and questions about food safety

2- Kitchen Safety Crime Science- This activity can also include food safety. Some people set up an actual crime scene in the kitchen. Students find the “crimes” and record them on paper. We have these printable “crime scenes” that cover both food safety and kitchen safety. They are fun to use in groups or if you need sub plans, they are a great review to assign in Google Classroom.

kitchen crime scene activity for FCS

These can be printed for group work or assigned in Google. They can also give you ideas for setting up a crime scene in the classroom.

Kids enjoy this activity because they can be detectives. If you would rather use it digitally, there is a digital version included in the resource on TPT. It is one of our most popular activities and we get lots of positive feedback about it!

food safety activities for students

This food safety crime scene lesson has food safety scenarios in both print and Google.

3- ServSafe Food Handlerthis program provides food safety training, exams, and educational materials to food service managers. As a culinary instructor, you should get certified in Servsafe. A test can be ordered for your students and they can also become certified in ServSafe. The workbooks are easy to use and are a great reference for the entire school year. We have a fun doodle notes food safety worksheets that help to make it fun and keep the students engaged.

food safety and sanitation activity
We have this food safety and sanitation activity that follows ServSafe Food Handler which is a doodle notes packet in our Teachers Pay Teacher store.

4- Glogerm Kit These kits are such a fun way to show kids how their hands are full of germs! It is a powder that you shake on their hands, tell them to shake hands, and then go to their desks and work during the class. Towards the end of the class, turn the lights off and shine the light that comes with the kit and show them one by one the items in the room such as the computer, their desks, and then their hands. The more germs, the brighter and more glowing the area! The kids laugh about the number of germs in the classroom but it is a great introduction to hand washing!

food safety lesson for middle school
This is a lesson on hand-washing in our TPT store that includes a presentation and review scenarios.

Other Food Safety Teaching Ideas

Food allergies are a part of teaching food safety and is important especially nowadays with so many different food allergies and sensitivities. Kids can relate to this more than we did as children because so many have peanut allergies. We have a free food allergy lesson plan that can help you get started and provide some great background knowledge about food allergens.

After these activities and many reminders including classroom posters, students will hopefully be well trained and ready to cook safely in your classroom!

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