Hands On

Welcome to Hands On: Real-World Lessons for Middle School Classrooms!

Hands On teaches middle school students key food safety concepts while meeting state-mandated curriculum standards in the core subject areas.

Using highly effective research-based instructional strategies, student labs, and hands-on activities, the Hands On curriculum covers subject areas in math, science, social studies, and language arts during the week-long unit. Teachers of all subjects work together to teach these interdisciplinary lessons, allowing students to build on food safety concepts from all subjects, improving knowledge and retention.

At this time the Hands On curriculum and related materials are provided to participating schools at no financial cost to the school (a $600 value). This free access is made possible through generous contributions from industry organizations, foundations and government grants.

Association for Middle Level Education LogoThe Hands On: Real World Lessons for Middle School Classrooms program, and their entire suite of curriculum have recently been endorsed by the Association for Middle Level Education.

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This program is operated through a partnership between The University of Tennessee, Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF), and the Partnership for Food Safety Education. The GMA SEF provides oversight and funding for the program. PFSE serves as a platform for hosting the Hands On curriculum. The University of Tennessee oversees the day-to-day operation of the program and handles all order fulfillment for teachers requesting supplies.

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