Students view images of families around the world and the food they eat in a week. They examine the similarities and differences in relation to different attributes, such as type of food, nutrition, cost, and quantity. Discussions of stereotype and diversity help students gain sensitivity to the strengths and needs of different people around the world.
One 45-Minute Session
The learner will:
Write the names of five continents at the top of five chart papers: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Display the signs on the classroom wall for youth to write on.
Put the five signs, each with a continent’s name written on it, around the room (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America). Tell young people to think about which of the five continents they believe has the healthiest food choices and the healthiest eating habits and to stand by that continent’s sign. Debrief with a discussion about perceptions about poverty, climate, culture, and other observations that come up. Ask youth to defend their choices—why do they think that? What proof or evidence can they state that would support their prediction? (This activity is designed to raise awareness that preconceptions are based on guesses rather than facts.)
Young people compare their personal eating habits to the families in the images from around the world. They choose an attribute that is meaningful to them, such as nutrition, quantity, price, or taste preferences, and reflect on the differences between the diets observed related to that attribute.
Social Studies: Investigate geographic characteristics that dictate food production and consumption of food staples such as wheat, rice, corn, and fish.
Art: Create a collage using a variety of images and text to share their perception of global health related to food.
Students create a digital presentation, using Glogster, Google Docs, Prezi, Keynote, or PowerPoint, showing a detailed comparison of two diets pictured in the slide show (or comparing their own diet to one diet in the slide show). They may use images, text, mind maps, and audio to add interest to the presentation.
Menzel, Peter, and Faith D'Alusio. Hungry Planet. Publisher: Material World (September 1, 2007) ISBN-10: 0984074422, ISBN-13: 978-0984074426
Time Magazine images from Hungry Planet: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html
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