In conjunction with a unit on nutrition, the students learn what they can do to help people who are living in poverty to be able to provide the necessary nutrition to their own families. (You could do this unit during October for World Hunger Day or in March for March is Reading Month. You might also do it in April in conjunction with Earth Day.)
Teacher Notes: You will need to order in advance a free leader’s guide from Heifer International. The guide arrives in 7-10 days and includes a book, video and complete instructions and materials for the “Read-to-Feed” program. Call 1-800-422-0474 or go to Heifer International’s Website <www.readtofeed.org>. “Read to Feed” is a reading activity in which children solicit pledges for each book they read. Through pledges from friends and family, readers earn money to “purchase” food-producing animals and training for hungry families who lack necessary resources.
Be sensitive to the socio/economic and ethnic effects on the perception of a balanced meal or good diet.
The learners will:
The students will raise money through pledges in order to purchase an animal for a needy family. Each student makes a commitment to read a certain number of books and gathers pledges from family and friends. When the students have read the books and collected the money, they will purchase the animal through the Read-to-Feed catalog. The gift will help the family be more self-sufficient. The students summarize the experience and respond by writing a letter to the family that received the animal.
This unit can be taught in conjunction with the Michigan Health Model: Grade 1, Phase V lesson.
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Albion Public Schools
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