Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (3-5)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Mathematics
Philanthropy
Media / Technology
Issue Area: 
Global
Focus Question 

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

 

Photo Credit:  Paharganj Soup Time by Alex Schwab is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students learn about the importance and privilege of making healthy and sustainable food choices. They understand that many people in the world do not have the choice of what to eat due to food insecurity. 

Service Experience 
Students address a food insecurity issue through a service project. This may include helping at a food pantry or advertising for a local charity. They can raise money in support of the organization or hold a food collection for people in need.   
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (3-5)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students identify the USDA food guide as a source for guidelines about eating a nutritionally balanced diet. They identify foods and categorize them by food group in a game. My Plate and the guidelines were designed for consumers of food in the United States and might not be an appropriate guide for all regions of the world.

Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (3-5)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students define food insecurity and scarcity of resources. They use problem-solving to share a scarce resource. Students work in groups to discuss how to be good caretakers of scare resources, such as food, water, and fuel. Then they discuss how these choices affect global issues.

Unit: 
Global Health: Hunger and Food Around the Globe (3-5)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students recognize examples of food waste and understand that waste has an impact beyond themselves. They learn that many people in the world do not have the choice of what to eat due to food insecurity. They read about a girl in Uganda whose hungry family received the gift of a goat through Heifer International. Students will brainstorm some ways that they can address local and global food insecurity and take action.