Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (K-2)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Media / Technology
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Global
Focus Question 

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

 

Unit Overview 

Children learn about people around the world who experience food insecurity. They discuss what it feels like to be hungry and read about the work of soup kitchens and other efforts to bring food to people who are hungry.

Service Experience 
Children may work in a soup kitchen or hold a food drive to collect foods for a local charity or hold a fundraiser to collect money to donate to a food organization. They may develop a creative performance that raises awareness or teaches others about the issue. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (K-2)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Children self-select their favorite foods and compare the health and popularity of their favorite foods. They explore what makes sharing a meal with friends and family a good experience. After reading Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen, they gain appreciation for the warm, caring environment in a community soup kitchen. This lesson raises awareness and empathy for people who experience food insecurity.

Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (K-2)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson includes a simulation that helps children understand the number of people in the world who are food insecure. The simulation generates empathy for the injustice of the unequal distribution of food. They learn that food is unequally distributed and discuss how they feel about taking action to address this issue.

Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (K-2)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Students read a story about the making of Stone Soup. Through the story, they learn about the concept of working together for the common good. They brainstorm and choose an idea for a service project related to hunger and health. They work together for the common good on their selected project.