Eating in

The 'Eating in' inquiry unit examines the role of food in the home, and how cooking and eating form an important part of everyday life.

Download the 'Eating in' curriculum outcome documents below to see how this unit aligns with VELS standards for levels 3 and 4, and the Australian Cuuiculum for years 3 to 6.

For a quick overview of the topic, see Eating in – theme overview.


  • Review the photographs in 'Hungry planet: what the world eats'. Invite students to compose a collage of their own kitchen table and predict what they believe they eat in a week.
  • Provide a variety of supermarket catalogues and magazines containing food images, and challenge students to predict what a healthy food pyramid looks like.
  • Immerse students in a variety of cooking multimedia such as television shows, magazines and blogs.
  • Visit local produce markets and explore the variety of foods available for cooking.


  • Explore food through taste experiments and eating experiences. (Take care to consider food allergies when choosing products.)
  • Brainstorm adjectives that can be used to describe food, considering all five senses. Construct a sensory word wall or online poster (using a resource like Glogster) to present these words.
  • View various examples of cookbooks, recipe cards and cooking journals.
  • Discover 'What the class eats in a day' by taking photographs of meals and snacks.
  • Investigate the healthy food pyramid.


  • Support students to present 'What the class eats in a day' data using Create a Graph.
  • Revisit the healthy food pyramid and reflect on the class's food consumption.
  • Invite students to design a healthy lunchbox.
  • Assess the students' understanding of some of the physiological, social, cultural and economic reasons for food choices.


  • Help students develop self-assessment frameworks they can use to evaluate their family recipe publications.
  • Research recipes and menus from Victoria's past.
  • Take a critical look at cookbooks using the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Recipe and menus unit.
  • Deepen understanding of the role food plays in bringing people together, by conducting a philosophical discussion around the traditional tale Stone soup.


  • Use the Publish a family recipe activity to produce a family recipe anthology, and conference with individual students using personal success criteria.
  • Host a banquet as a celebration of the publication of the class's family recipe anthology.
  • Evaluate the students' understanding of healthy food choices by reviewing their healthy lunchbox design.

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