We have used Europeana resources for our lessons and we have also implemented Learning Scenarios by other teachers, including the one titled “Food Tests” created by Biljana Ilieva. I find the topic of food very important and useful.
As a Mathematics teacher, I decided to use this Learning Scenario to teach about percentages. Students made a research about the percentage of ingredients in different kinds of foods. In this lesson, we linked mathematics and food we consume and raised attention about healthy food. My students are 15 years old and percentages are part of the curriculum in Mathematics.
The process of implementation
The lesson started with the introduction into percentage calculations. These are the resources we used to learn about percentage:
One can find percentages in every package there are. In the second step, students searched the nutrition percentages in different kinds of items.
We investigated what nutrition information means and how you can use the information when needed. Students prepared a Powerpoint presentation in which they presented percentages of, for example, sugars in juices, or proteins in meat products. They used the Europeana Food and Drink project platform and the FoodDrinkEurope website to find information.
Also, the Sustainable Development Goals were discussed linked to health and how important it is to eat healthy food.
Presentations and discussions
Following each other’s presentations, students discussed about which nutrition is beneficial and what food consists of useful nutrition and in which percentage. This developed critical thinking skills: what you think is healthy may not actually be healthy at all.
In this implementation, students learned how to calculate percentages, understand how the percentage is used in real-life situations, examine ingredients of the food they eat, and to explore Sustainable Development Goals. They learned how to use resources that are in English and translated the information. In addition to Mathematics, they learned also about balanced nutrition (Health Education). As a conclusion, I found my students enjoyed learning when the mathematical lessons are oriented towards real-life application.
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Food Tests by Biljana Ilieva
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