Grade 5

updated May 2024

HPE Curriculum Health Eating Strand

D2.1 explain how to use nutrition fact tables and ingredient lists on food labels to make informed choices about healthy and safe foods 

D3.1 describe how advertising, food marketing, and media affect food choices and explain how these influences can be evaluated to help people make healthier choices 

Key Concepts for Student Learning

Food labels

  • All foods contain nutrients; processed and packaged foods must have food labels that list ingredients and amounts of some nutrients. 
  • Knowing how to read food labels helps
    • identify foods that contain a little or a lot of certain nutrients (e.g.  calcium, iron, vitamin D) 
    • identify foods that are safe to eat for people with food allergies or intolerances.
  • Note: If looking at food labels, teach students to compare foods without judgement (which has more protein, fibre, etc.). Don’t encourage comparison based on fat content, sugar content or calories per serving. 
  • Educators can learn more about nutrition facts tables from Health Canada.

Advertising, food marketing, and social (digital) media influences on food choices

  • Advertising, marketing, and social media influence the food choices we make 
  • Knowing how advertising and marketing is designed can help us be more aware and allow us to be less influenced. 
  • Social media and other forms of digital media (e.g. video games, movies, TV shows, and music) are powerful communication platforms that are used to influence our attitudes and behaviours about food, eating, and bodies. 
  • All types of media frequently portrays and promotes unrealistic body ideals. There is no such thing as the perfect  body size, shape or colour and it is our differences that make each person unique.
  • It is important to celebrate how our bodies support us and allow us to live our lives, rather than what they look like.