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Food For Thought is part of a series of lessons designed by Earth Rangers. These lessons offer a series of hands-on and interactive activities that are curriculum linked and broaden the scope of environmental education in the classroom.
Food For Thought introduces students to the ways our everyday food choices contribute to climate change and challenges them to shrink their carbon footprints by making sustainable choices at lunch.
In this lesson, students will:
In completing this lesson, students will be able to assess human impacts on biodiversity, and identify ways of preserving biodiversity.
This lesson offers the opportunity to extend the learning through an optional extension activity where students would visit a local farm or a community garden to introduce students to some of these amazing initiatives.
Students will learn to complete an audit of their lunch to determine their carbon footprint.
This lesson would be a great way to introduce the ecological footprint, climate change, and biodiversity in Science courses and sustainability in Geography courses.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
Through their lunch audit, students get to see for themselves the effects of food on the environment. They form their own opinion and discuss their point of view through classroom discussions on the subject.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
In looking at how food consumption affects the environment, students will examine how all dimensions are interconnected in this issue.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
There is no exact action activities in this lesson, however students will have a look at their food consumption and hopefully will make changes to their regular consumption.
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
This lesson has many discussions where students get to express their own beliefs and values.
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
This is not a focus of this resource.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
This lesson centers around the environment therefore helping students foster an appreciation for the natural world.
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Students will audit their own school lunch which makes it relevant to the students.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
Most of this lesson is centered around discussions where students can openly share their ideas and opinions. They are not steered towards one right answer.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
This is not a focus of this lesson.
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
There are a variety of activities in this lesson and therefore it addresses the needs of visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. However, strategies for learners with difficulties are not provided.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
Students will look at their own lunches to check their carbon footprint. As well, as an optional activity, classes are encouraged to visit organic farms in their community.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
Assessment opportunities are not provided in this resource.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
This is not a focus of this resource.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
Students will use their own lunches to answer a quiz on carbon footprint.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.