Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (K-2)
Focus Question: How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?
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.
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.
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.
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.