Helping Others to Feed Themselves

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Health and PE
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Hunger (poverty)
Focus Question 

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


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Unit Overview 

Students learn about  a nutritiously balanced diet. They discover that all over the world there are people who are not able to provide this to their families. The class participates in the Heifer International’s Read-to-Feed Program. 

Service Experience 
The students will raise money through pledges in order to purchase an animal for a needy family. Each student makes a commitment to read a certain number of books and gathers pledges from family and friends. When the students have read the books and collected the money, they will purchase the animal through the Read-to-Feed catalog. The gift will help the family be more self-sufficient. The students summarize the experience and respond by writing a letter to the family that received the animal.
Lessons in This Unit 
Helping Others to Feed Themselves
Lesson 4 of 4

To involve the children in a project to help families who don’t have resources for a balanced nutritious diet. Heifer International will send an actual animal to a family with the money the children raise. The gift helps families be more self-sufficient. The class may buy one family a flock of chicks for as little as $20. Goats, cows and other animals are more expensive.