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Food for Thought: Hunger—Around the Block,
Around the World
Unit of 4 lessons

Unit Overview:

Learners will describe proper nutrition and compare their own eating habits with what is recommended by experts. They will define hunger and malnutrition and investigate local organizations from the four sectors of society which provide food for the hungry. Learners will research governmental and nongovernmental domestic and global programs dealing with hunger and describe the importance of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in feeding the hungry.

Unit Purpose:

Learners will describe what constitutes good nutritional practices, compare their own eating patterns to these practices and encourage others to improve their own eating habits. They will determine the value of acting on behalf of others and decide if their actions can make a difference in the school. Learners will investigate the difference between hunger and malnutrition, analyze hunger in the community and research local groups that aid the hungry. They will compare the depiction of hunger in world literature and describe causes of hunger in the world. Learners will distinguish between the many different approaches to hunger in the United States and abroad by looking at governmental versus nonprofit programs. They will reflect on the importance of philanthropic actions in solving the problems of hunger in the world.

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • define and use the vocabulary of nutrition and healthful eating.
  • interpret guidelines for healthy eating.
  • describe the role of major nutrients and dietary components in maintaining healthy bodies.
  • analyze the role of empty calories on body size and health.
  • define philanthropy and determine how students can improve the common good through volunteer action.
  • describe the difference between hunger and malnutrition.
  • compare experiences of hunger evidenced in literature.
  • identify how the four sectors of society work together to diminish hunger in the local community.
  • compare authors’ treatment of hunger in literature.
  • compare and contrast government and nonprofit programs of hunger relief.
  • describe how food is distributed to the hungry through nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
  • give examples of domestic and international programs that provide food to the hungry.
  • describe acts of philanthropy related to solving the problem of hunger.

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.
  • Learners will make a list of "Ten Tips for Healthy Eating" and share the information with other learners through public address announcements, skits, raps, posters, newspaper articles or other techniques.
  • Learners will have a field trip to a food pantry and help to organize a Harvest for Hunger campaign at their school.

Unit Assessment:

Journal essays, projects, research worksheets and journal reflections will be used as assessments of learning.

School/Home Connection:

  • "Copy-and-Paste" Class/School Newsletter Information Insert:
    Food for Thought:

In the unit, "Hunger – Around the Block, Around the World," learners will take a long route in understanding the problems of nutrition and hunger. They will look at what constitutes good nutritional practices and compare them to their own eating practices. They will investigate the difference between hunger and malnutrition and look at the problem of hunger in the community, studying the ways the local community deals with the problem. They will look at national and international practices dealing with hunger, both governmental and nongovernmental, and analyze the important role of philanthropy in dealing with hunger. Look for posters in and around the cafeteria that highlight important nutrition information and tips for good eating.

Bibliographical References:

"Great Nutrition Resources for Children." Guide to Nursing Schools. http://www.guidetonursingschools.com/library/childrens-nutrition  This site is full of up-to-date facts, information and activities for different ages, and links to interactive sites.  

State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

See individual lessons for benchmark detail.

Lessons Developed By:

Eunice Glenn
Cleveland City Schools
East Technical High School
2439 E. 55th St.
Cleveland, OH 44104

Kara Reinhardt
Columbus School for Girls
56 S. Columbia Ave.
Columbus, OH 43209

Linda Wims
Cleveland Municipal Schools
Cleveland Extension High School
4600 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102

Sherrie Zagorc
Mentor School
Mentor High School
6477 Center St
Mentor, OH 44060

Veronica Leahy
Columbus School for Girls
56 S. Columbia Ave.
Columbus, OH 43209


Tariq, Teacher – Newark, NJ3/26/2009 8:49:56 AM

This is an excellent lesson. Constucted very well, easy to follow and for the students to relate to.

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