FoodMASTER Intermediate

Grades 3-5

The FoodMASTER Intermediate curriculum presents third through fifth grade students with ten basic topics in foods. Each topic area has hands-on and computer based lessons to take students on an exciting and innovative exploration of food, math, and science. These engaging lessons will help students develop valuable skills and encourage them to think about learning in a new fashion that is fun and exciting for everyone involved.


Lesson topics include:
  • Measurement
  • Food Safety
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Milk and Cheese
  • Meats
  • Eggs
  • Fats and Oils
  • Grains
  • Management

The student hands-on Scientific Inquiry pages, or lab data sheets, are designed to be kid friendly and easy for both teachers and students to follow. Each lab activity can be adapted to fit a variety of classroom structures. Computer-aided learning materials are simple enough to be self-directed by the students. The hands-on and computer-aided lessons may be used independently or combined to create a multimedia curriculum.


Once you have registered, you will receive a kit with your program materials. You can access these same materials (and more) right here.

8.5" x 11" with border
(for desktop printing)
22" x 28" plus .125" bleed (for professional printing)

Equipment and Supply Lists

By Chapter
Minimal Requirements

Print PDF Packages
Teacher Edition (5.1 MB)

Student Edition (15.6 MB)
Math Supplement (11.6 MB)

FoodMASTER Intermediate Teacher Edition
Teacher Edition PDFs
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

FoodMASTER Intermediate Teacher Edition
Student Book PDFs
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

FoodMASTER Food on the Farm Math Supplement
Math Supplement PDFs
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Answer Key

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

Hungry for more? The National Agriculture in the Classroom website offers free agriculture-based resources for your classroom. Visit for more information!

Other Resources
Virtual Program Take Home Activities

Small Grant Sample Letter and Guidelines

Curriculum Evaluation

The FoodMASTER Intermediate curriculum was evaluated in 10 classrooms in Ohio and 9 classrooms in North Carolina. Stay tuned for outcomes of the curricular evaluation.

FoodMASTER Intermediate Ohio

FoodMASTER Intermediate North Carolina

Related Press

NSTA Reports, October 2010. Nutrition Develops Appetite for Science.

Edge, Spring 2009. East Carolina University Research and Creative Activity. FoodMASTER integrates food with math, science.

East Carolina University, College of Human Ecology, 2008-2009 Annual Report. Family and Consumer Sciences: Innovative Nutrition Projects Receive $650,000 in Grants.

Pieces of Eight, December 12, 2008. East Carolina University Falcuty and Staff News. FoodMASTER Integrates Food with Math, Science.

East Carolina University, College of Human Ecology, 2006-2007 Annual Report. Nutrition: FoodMaster teaches masth and science skills to children.

East. The Magazine of East Carolina University. The ECU Report: Using cooking to teach math.


Peer Reviewed Publications
Stage, V., Roseno, A., Hodges, C., Hovland, J., Diaz, S., Duffrin, M.W., & (2016). Implementation of a Food-based Science Curriculum Improves 4th Grade Educator’s Self-efficacy for Teaching Nutrition. American Journal of Health Education. In Press.

Carraway-Stage, V., Hovland, J., Ochab, C., Diaz, S., & Duffrin, M.W. (2015). Food-based Science Curriculum Yields Gains in Nutrition Knowledge. Journal of School Health, 85, 231-240.

Roseno, A., Carraway-Stage, V., Geist, G., & Duffrin, M. (2014). Exploring Sunflower Seeds: A thematic approach to science Inquiry for young children. Young Children, 70(3), 88-91.

Roseno, A., Carrarway-Stage, V., Hoerdemann, C., Diaz, S., Collins, C., Duffrin, M.W. (2014). Applying Mathematical Concepts with Hands-On, Food-Based Science Curriculum. School of Science & Mathematics, 115(1), 14-21.

Hovland, J.A., Carraway-Stage, V., Cela, A., Collins, C., Diaz, S., Collins, Duffrin, M.W. (2013). Food-based Science Curriculum Increases 4th Graders Multidisciplinary Science Knowledge. Journal of Food Science Education. 12, 81-86.

McLeod, S., Carraway-Stage, V., Hovland, J., & Duffrin, M. (2011). Measuring me: Teaching elementary grade math while collecting data. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44(2), 189-191.

Duffrin, M., Hovland, J., Carraway-Stage, V., McLeod, S., Duffrin, C., et al. (2010). Using food as a tool to teach science to 3rd grade students in Appalachia Ohio. Journal of Food Science Education, 9(2), 41-46.

Hovland, J., McLeod, S., Duffrin, M., Johanson, G., & Berryman, D. (2010). School-based dietary intake screening of 3rd graders in rural Appalachia Ohio. Journal of School Health, 80 (11), 536-543.

Rivera, D., Duffrin, M.W., & Phillips, S. (2009). Improving elementary school students' learning outcomes using food-based mentorship programs. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 9, 144-158.

Duffrin, M.W., Cuson, D., Phillips, S.K., and Graham, A.S. (2005). Developing Food Products and Enthusiastic Learners. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Volume 37(1) 41-42.

Duffrin, M.W., Cuson, D., and Phillips, S.K. (2005). Using foods to boost math and science skills. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. Volume 97(1) 64-65.

Phillips, S.K., Duffrin, M.W. and Geist, E.A. (2004). Be a Food Scientist. Science and Children, 41(4), 24-29.

Phillips, S.K., Duffrin, M.W. and Geist, E.A. (2004). Be a Food Scientist. An NSTA Press Journal Collection. Exploring the Natural Connections: Stepping up to Science and Math. NSTA Press. National Science Teachers Association.

Geist, E. (2008). Children are born mathematicians. Supporting mathematical development birth to age 8. Two pages in this book talk about the FoodMASTER Initiative.

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Program Team

Principal Investigator / Director:
Melani W. Duffrin, PhD, RDN
Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions
Northern Illinois University

Associate Director /
State Director Ohio:

Jana Adele Hovland, MS, RD, LD
East Carolina University

Associate Director / State Diector North Carolina:
Virginia Carraway-Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN
East Carolina University

Teacher / Author:
Sharon Phillips, MSEd
Federal Hocking Local Schools

Computer Animation &
Software Production:

Beth Novak, MFA 
School of Media Arts and Studies Ohio University

John Bowditch, MA
School of Media Arts and Studies Ohio University

Teacher Reviews

Julie Hall, Barlow-Vincent Elementary (Vincent, OH)
"The hands-on approach offers all students the chance to succeed and the use of food acts as a motivational tool for learning."

Kyle Lonas, East Elementary (Athens, OH)
"These labs made a real connection to something rather than just measuring lines in our books. Ex. Learning circumference and length by measuring potatoes and carrots."

Robert Maher, Amesville Elementary (Amesville, OH)
"The program is designed in a teacher-friendly and student-friendly format."

Bonnie Owens, Eastern Elementary (Reedsville, OH)
"Great classroom community experience!"

Debbie Pratt, Eastern Elementary (Reedsville, OH)
"This food curriculum expands beyond just health and nutrition by including math and science applications."

Jan Slattery, Plains Elementary (Plains, OH)
"My students absolutely loved FoodMASTER. It was a very motivating learning tool that reinforced our third grade standards."

Elizabeth Schwarzel, Morrison Elementary (Athens, OH)
"Not only are the lessons standard based but they use food to motivate the student and teacher!"

Teresa Stoops, Waterford Elementary (Waterford, OH)
"The hands-on curriculum provides clear lab instructions, while allowing flexibility in learning. Students will have the freedom to explore math and science concepts within their own learning abilities and parameters."