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Supermarket Science: The King Sooper Lab

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Supermarket Science: The King Sooper Lab

In this investigation, learners gather information on various food items during a field trip to a local grocery store. In order to complete the lab study, learners read product labels, compare fat, sodium, and sugar contents of various food items, and then make judgments regarding the comparative "healthiness" of the available items. Learners record this information on a data form. Learners work with a partner and often employ the assistance of the deli and bakery manager, other learners, or shoppers. In follow-up/extension activities, learners use their data forms to assist them in developing sample diets (that would follow the nutritional recommendations for persons with high CD risk or for persons suffering from cardiovascular disease).

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Supermarket Laboratory Data Sheets, preferably copied onto brightly colored paper
  • Pencils


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Circulation
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Drake, Beth Susan; Kilmer, Elaine


  • All Rights Reserved, Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum, ©2009


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