Nutrition labels can be confusing to American students because the measurements are in grams. This term, to assess whether students can comprehend a nutrition label, I had them convert grams of sugar or fat to teaspoons.
It’s simple: 4 grams to a teaspoon. So 12 grams of sugar (like in my husband’s favorite yogurt) equals three teaspoons.
This is also a good project for integrating technology. Students can comprehend labels all they want, but there is real value in sharing their information with others. What better way than with a digital image?
Students took digital pictures and edited them with PicMonkey, one of my favorite online tools. PicMonkey allows students to share their images over several channels. I was really happy to see some students tweet their images to educate others.
Check out their work if you dare!