Lesson Plan: Microwave Safety
National Family & Consumer Sciences Standards:
9.0: Food Science, Nutrition & Dietetics
9.2.5: Demonstrate practices and procedures that assure personal and workplace health and hygiene.
Common Core State Standards:
RST.9-10.3: Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text
Microwave ovens are used in most kitchens, but many students haven’t been trained to use them safely. This lesson will help students understand how to prevent becoming scalded by the superhot foods cooked in microwaves and techniques to ensure quality food preparation.
The student will understand and demonstrate proper microwave oven usage.
Time: 1 – 50 minute class period
Microwave oven, glass dishes appropriate for the microwave oven, plastic wrap, paper towels, microwave popcorn
YouTube video: 55 Microwave Safety Tips
Microwave Safety Guidelines and an InFocus Projector
Microwave Safety ONLINE Quiz – Student copy
Microwave Safety ONLINE Quiz – Teacher copy and student results
Start class by taking microwave popcorn out of the microwave. Explain that we all know that microwaves make great popcorn, but they’re also great tools for cooking all sorts of foods. Microwaves must be used with care to prevent injury for the user and damage to the microwave. Today we’re going to focus on microwave safety to make the most of their microwave ovens.
Show YouTube video: 55 Microwave Safety Tips. If YouTube is not available at your school, you could use Microwave Safety Guidelines and an InFocus Projector. As the YouTube video is plays, stop it periodically to demonstrate with your kitchen equipments how this information applies in the Foods Lab.
With their cooking groups, have each student share their favorite safety tip from the presentation. Each group will share one or two favorite tips.
Students who were absent can access the YouTube videos and online quiz. Teachers may also choose to give students the Informational Sheet: Microwave Safety Guidelines.
Flipped Instruction/Independent Study Option:
Students may learn all of the lesson content online at KPCompass.com. The teacher may give the student the course code: VXMQNH9P to enter they have logged onto the site. Then under “Washington State Safety Project” they can click on “Kitchen Safety Tips”, then click on each page to learn the information and to take the associated quiz.
Teachers wishing to have their own class site on KPCompass.com will have instant access to all of their student progress. For a free class site, please contact the webmaster at: Dawn_Boyden@lkstevens.wednet.edu.