What do other people know about food allergies?

(2nd through 5th grade.)

People often do not understand what it is like to live with a food allergy. Some people may not realize how important it is for you not to eat certain foods. Through this project you will learn about the common myths about food allergies. You can then educate your friends and family about the truths and myths of food allergies, while helping them to better understand.

Project Directions

  1. What do you think are common misconceptions (things people think are true, but really are not true) about food allergies? Write this down before you go any farther.
  2. Download, print, and make copies of this survey pdf (9K).
  3. Ask friends, family members, and neighbors to fill out the survey about food allergies.
  4. Grade each survey using this answer key.
    1. C
    2. C
    3. A, C, D
    4. B
    5. False. If the food allergen touched the other ingredients, then the rest of the food may contain small amounts of the allergen. Mark could have an allergic reaction.
    6. False. Shannon might have an allergic reaction to the milk in the ice cream. Don’t take the chance of having an allergic reaction.
  5. Count the right and wrong answers from each survey using the example table below. Give them 1 point for a correct answer and a 0 for an incorrect answer.
  6. Read over the counting sheet and figure out:
    1. Which question had the most right answers? _____________________________
    2. Which question had the most wrong answers? ____________________________
    3. Were more answers right or wrong? ____________________________________

What You Learned

Now that you looked over the surveys, answer the following questions for yourself, and put the answers on a display board to show others.


Example Counting Sheet

Survey Question Number A B C D
1
1
1
1
0
2
1
1
1
0
3
0
0
1
1
4
1
1
0
1
5
0
1
1
0
6
1
1
0
1
Totals
4
5
4
3
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