Food and drink
product comparison research and presentation
This is an in-depth assignment that will help children
analyze at least one product that they eat or drink. It will give them a chance to look into how
that product is advertised, why they drink or eat it and what alternative to
the product is a healthier option.
•Students should choose one food or beverage product that
they eat or drink a regular basis (at least several times per week).
•Once they have made a decision, they should come up with an
alternative product to compare it to. If they select a beverage, their
alternative product should also be a beverage.
Follow the same rule for food. The students can also choose something
that they eat or drink that is healthy and do the project from the opposite
approach. They may want to prove that one of their habits is healthy. Some
examples of products to compare are below:
vs. milk, water or 100% fruit juice
sugary cereal (such as Captain Crunch) vs. a healthier cereal (Mini Wheat)
snacks vs. real fruit
vs. crackers (or another baked
Students can be as creative as they would like in choosing
products to compare. In the course of their research, they should address the
The report should be at least two pages long. If you require
your students to type their work, it should be typed and double-spaced.
Students should also provide a list of any resources they use to obtain
information about each product. Encourage students to share the resources that
they used with the rest of the class. This may be done during the presentation.
Students should then present their findings to the class.
They should have at least one visual aid. This visual aid should include a
category for each product. In each
category, there should be subdivisions. They should show what advertising
techniques are used for each product and the nutritional information for each.
They may add more categories or present the material in another manner, such as
a Venn diagram. They may also choose to
list the pros and cons of each product. Students’ visual aides may have any
additional information or pictures that they wish to include. If possible, the
students should bring in a box, bottle, wrapper, etc from each product to
display during their presentation. Students should provide a detailed summary
of their findings.
*Note: This lesson or
research project might be better suited after the lessons on nutrients and
nutrition labels have been taught. Students may be able to perform and present
better research if they understand those two topics more clearly. It is at your
discretion to determine when this project will be the most beneficial to your