Math Activities Using Nutrition Labels

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The nutrition labels on food packages guide healthy food choices. They also inspire hands-on math activities for the classroom. Using the food labels can demonstrate real-life applications for basic math skills, making them more relevant for students. Gather empty food containers from your own kitchen or ask parents and fellow teachers to bring packages for you.

Problem Solving

Nutrition labels provide information to create math-based word problems. The word problems you write depend on the grade level and types of operations the kids are learning. Use the nutrition data to construct the problems. A sample word problem for a cracker box label is, "Sarah ate 2 cups of the crackers for her snack. What percentage of her daily fat content did she consume?" The students need to look at the serving size to determine how many servings 2 cups would make. They use that information to determine how much fat is consumed and what percentage that would constitute.