What do I really eat?
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1. Start

When I wake up in the morning the only thing I think about is my breakfast. It is hard to decide what to eat because I have lots of choices. Will I eat toast? Maybe cereal? Or eat cheese like in Hungary? Let’s look in the cupboard and see what is inside. It is really important for me to eat a BIG breakfast as I have a lot of things to do everyday.

By lunchtime my stomach is rumbling….(growl growl growl). I look forward to lunch because it means that I can talk with all my friends whilst eating. My lunch looks great. Some of my friends like to eat lots of chips for their lunch, others like to eat an apple. I wonder how they decide what they eat and where their lunch comes from?

Home from school and time for a snack. I have a choice of so many things….orange, banana, crisps, chocolate, stroop waffle.

“Dinner time!” I run downstairs and climb into my chair. Urrrrgh…not green stuff AGAIN. Why are all the ‘good’ things green? Can’t we eat out instead?

Time for bed, I wonder what I will eat tomorrow?

2. Inleiding

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Do you know what is on your table?
Do you know where it comes from?
Do you know what is in it?
Do you know how was it grown?
Have you ever heard about E-numbers?
Do you know what organic food is?
Do you have you any ideas as to how you can eat more healthily?

If the answer is no, then it is time to find out!

By doing this WebQuest you will get answers to these questions and you will be able to shop more consciously. You will know what is worth buying and what is just “eating” your money!

3. Opdracht

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Have a look in the fridge and in the cupboards at home. You will probably find tinned food, pasta, cereal, jam, yoghurt, chocolate, mayonnaise etc.

Look at the labels - the manufacturers have to write the ingredients on the packaging.

Visit the closest shop selling food and if there is a market nearby, visit that too!


4. Verwerking

Activity 1: Have a look at the labels on food packaging
Activity 2: The mystery of E-numbers
Activity 3: What does ‘organic’ mean?
Activity 4: Home made foods
Activity 5. Seasonal fruit and vegetables

 Activity 1: Have a look at the labels on food packaging
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Look for 3 products with labels on them and write down the ingredients they contain.



 Activity 2: The mystery of E-numbers

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It is very likely that you will find ingredients listed with a capital ‘E’ followed by three numbers (e.g. E330).

Search on the internet and find out what E numbers are.

Use this website to get you started.

Try to find out what the E numbers on your labels really mean! What do they do, what are they for and are they good or bad for you?

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 Activity 3: What does ‘organic’ mean?

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Search on the internet to find out what organic food and organic farming are.

What organisations control whether food can be labelled as organic in the UK?


 Activity 4: Home made foods

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Think about what foods you eat at breakfast time. Can any of these be made at home? 

Collect some recipes for breakfast food items by asking your friends and family and by searching on the internet.  Write down the recipes that you find.



 Activity 5: Seasonal fruit and vegetables

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With your class teacher or an adult family member visit a shop or market selling food.  Write down what fruits and vegetables you can see.

On the worksheet , make a list of which fruits and vegetables were grown in the UK and are in season, and which were grown abroad.


5. Beoordeling

Write down three things you have learnt about what is really in your food.

Write down two things you would like to find out more about.

Choose one of these things, how could you find out more about it?

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6. Afsluiting

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Think about why it is better to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season and write down a list of reasons.

Write a list of reasons for growing and eating organic food.

7. Leerkracht

Age:  10-12 years


Activity 1: Have a look at the labels on food packaging  (10 minutes)
Activity 2: The mystery of E-numbers (20 minutes)
Activity 3: What does ‘organic’ mean? (20 minutes) 
Activity 4: Home made foods (10 minutes)
Activity 5: Seasonal fruit and vegetables (10 minutes)

Curriculum / Subject (cross-curricular links):

Learning objectives:

By the end of the quest all students will: 

Understand how to read the labels on food.

Be aware that the food we eat has an impact on our own health and on the environment.

Uunderstand some of the advantages of making your own food.

Teacher assesment framework


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