Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (9-12)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Math
Library / Technology
Issue Area: 
Global
Focus Question 

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

Photo Credit: Fresh produce at the Byward market by Jamie McCaffery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Unit Overview 

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.

Service Experience 
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.).
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (9-12)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

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. 

Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (9-12)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students explore the distance that food travels and compare the nutritional value, cost, and environmental sustainability of buying locally compared to buying foods that travel a long distance. They identify hunger as an issue of the common good.