Children Changing Hunger

Unit of 2 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Science
Arts Education
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Hunger (poverty)
Focus Question 

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

 

Photo Credit:  At Columbian Gardens by Alameda County Community Food Bank is licensed under CC by 2.0

 

Unit Overview 

Through literature and discussion, students recognize that hunger is an issue in their community that they can do something about. Students hold a food collection and use math and writing skills to analyze their collection.

Service Experience 
 Students take a trip to the local food pantry (Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids, MI), bringing items they have collected through school participation or through community partners or business donations.  Students could also donate/stock the shelves with non-perishable food items.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Children Changing Hunger
Lesson 1 of 2
Grades: 
K
1
2

Through literature and discussion, students recognize that hunger is an issue in their community that they can do something about. Students brainstorm ways they can take action to address the needs of children who are hungry in their community. Students hold a food collection and use math and writing skills to analyze their collection.

Unit: 
Children Changing Hunger
Lesson 2 of 2
Grades: 
K
1
2

This interdisciplinary unit involves working with staff to plan an evening fundraising meal and with the art teacher to create clay bowls. There are many "empty bowls" within a community, and students get involved in planning and advertising for a dinner to fill them for one night. This lesson does not include specifics on the art lesson or the dinner plan (which will be unique to each school), but engages students in empathy and advocating for the fundraiser.  Teacher will also be responsible for funding the dinner by asking for donations from local business partners (grocery stores etc.) and writing grants to fund the project.  The timeline of preparation is several months before the dinner.  The lesson can be introduced early in the planning stages to get the kids excited about the project.