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Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (9-12)
Unit of 3 lessons

Unit Overview:

Focus Question: How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes? 

Unit Purpose:

Students view pictures of families from around the world with the food that they eat in a week. They discuss how cultural and regional differences affect food. They analyze a healthy diet and reflect on whether the nutritional needs of families are an issue of the common good. They assess their own food choices and address a food/health related issue or need, locally or globally.

Unit Duration:

Three 45-Minute Sessions, plus time to plan and carry out a service project

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • develop an awareness of the diversity of food around the globe.
  • identify personal biases and stereotypes related to food.
  • explain the value of sensitivity and openness toward diverse cultures.
  • compare and contrast their food choices with the eating habits of others locally and globally.
  • explain how food choices are limited by resources, culture, and geography.
  • compare foods from a typical U.S. diet to their own diet.
  • compare and contrast packaged foods to local, natural foods in cost, nutrition, availability, and environmental impact.
  • identify hunger and food security as an issue of the common good, which can be addressed by individuals and the nonprofit sector.
  • identify the global sources of the food that they eat.
  • make sustainable health choices for themselves and others.
  • explain how food choices are limited by resources, culture, and geography.
  • choose a food-related issue or need to address through planning and implementing.

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.

Students design a service project around an issue related to diet, food, and hunger that exists in the community and the world (may include obesity, famine, fast food, school lunch choices, carbon footprint of processing and food transportation, etc.).

Bibliographical References:

Menzel, Peter, and Faith D'Alusio. Hungry PlanetPublisher: Material World (September 1, 2007) ISBN-10: 0984074422, ISBN-13: 978-0984074426 or Time Magazine images from Hungry Planet:  http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html 

State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

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