How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?
NOTE: Prior to this lesson, use the Blue Sky Activity in which students envision a better world. If you already have a Blue Sky display, revisit it before beginning this lesson.
To raise awareness of the needs of others who are unable to provide a balanced nutritious diet for their own families is the basis of this lesson. It also introduces the Heifer Project, which provides families with resources and education so they can have nutritious food and earn a living within their own communities.
One 50 minute class period
The learner will:
It is important to be sensitive to the possibility that someone in your class may have some personal experience with homelessness, hunger and poverty.
Explain that you are going to read a true story about a girl named Beatrice who not only didn’t get three nutritious meals every day, but also did not have money to go to school. Read the story Beatrice's Goat. Stop periodically as you read and discuss similarities and differences between Beatrice and the students in the class. Locate Uganda, where Beatrice lives, on the world map.
Share the second book Give a Goat with the class. This is a story of a fifth grade class who's teacher reads them the book Beatrice's Goat. The book tells how the class developed a service learning project and raised funds to "buy" a goat for Heifer International while other classes collected other items to donate and raise money for other giving projects.
After reading the book challenge the students to brainstorm concrete ideas that they can use to address the need for food in their own community through a food drive event.
Students' creation of an advertisement that shows the benefits of the Heifer Project will serve as the assessment for this lesson. This advertisement may be use to promote a service learning project based on one of the Heifer International: Giving Programs if that is what the class decided to do.
Lesson Developed By:Mary Petro
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