Unit Overview 

Through research and student-centered activities, this 4-6 week unit helps middle school students understand issues related to food production and food insecurity, particularly in light of the number of children and families in the US and around the world living in hunger. This unit also addresses the critical importance of water quality and availability in producing food and enhancing food security.

Students learn about philanthropy and civic responsibility. Science activities include interpreting charts and graphs. Language activities involve conducting research and preparing reports and presentations. A rubric for measuring student progress is included, as well as suggestions for service-learning.

Service Experience 
Students may choose to create a community garden to grow food to share. Alternatively, they may choose to evaluate food policies at the state and federal levels and write letters to advocate for policies that address the issues related to food insecurity. More ideas are provided in the unit. This is a joint project with Center for Educational Improvement and the National Turkey Federation. See the website for teacher stipends and student awards. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Farm to Table and Food Production
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students view a film and explore facts and research about hunger. They brainstorm what they know and need to know (KWL). Then, they receive a challenge in the form of a letter to research and propose solutions to food insecurity related to food production. 

Unit: 
Farm to Table and Food Production
Lesson 4 of 5
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson consists of research and project-work days. Students will work through the various worksheets in their groups, developing their projects while relying on what they learned in previous sessions. They use a decision matrix and work collaboratively to fine-tune their solutions. Students conduct independent and whole group research based on the list brainstormed in the KWL.