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.
In this lesson the learners will explore food scarcity and abundance as they relate to issues of poverty, wealth and health. They will identity a need in their community and explore ways that they might help reduce poverty, hunger, and ill-health there.
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.
(Teacher Note: Prior to the start of this class period prepare a brown paper bag for each student. Place in each bag some kind of finger-food item. Place more items in some bags than others. Examples of items could include potato chips, popcorn, a candy bar, a slice of bread or two, fruit roll ups, granola bar, grapes, lettuce, cereal, potato, orange, etc...). Fold or one-staple the bag shut. Arrange the learner's desks in groups of three or four.
As the learners enter the classroom hand each student a paper towel or napkin. Tell them to find a seat in one of the groupings and to await further instructions. Once they have settled in a seat, model what they are to do with their paper towel or napkin (spread it out in front of them) without using verbal cues. Once the learners have properly placed their paper towel or napkin, distribute one of these brown paper bags filled with the various items to each learner. Once everyone has received a bag tell them to open their bags and place its contents in front of them on the paper towel or napkin. Allow a couple of minutes for discussion within the small groups.
Lesson Developed By:Marguerite Stephens
|Effort||5 sentences in the response for each journal question||3-4 sentences in the response for each journal question||Less than 3 sentences in the response for each journal question|
|Content||Answers are directly related to the journal questions||Answers are mostly related to the journal questions||Answers are not related the journal question|
|Neatness||Can easily read the answers with no visible errors||Difficult to read with 1 or 2 visible errors||Unable to read with many visible errors.|
|EXTRA CREDIT||(3 points possible)|
|Shows a direct relationship to the journal question||Shows a relationship to the class topic in general||Shows no relationship to the assignment|
Make a list of what you might have to eat for an evening meal. Your meal must include at least one fruit and one vegetable in your purchased meal items. Look through the grocery advertisements and put a dollar value on your meal. Then find out what else you could buy for that total amount.
|Food Item||Cost||What else could you buy?|
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