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Food Distribution

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


 

Summary:
This activity provides a visual example of the distribution of the world’s food and wealth as well as the human energy needed to produce food.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Biology
Standard 1 Objective 1

Summarize how energy flows through an ecosystem.

Materials:

  • Candies or popcorn or other easily divided food items (small pretzels, crackers, cereal) 3 medium-sized kitchen bowls:
    • High-income bowl has roughly 6 pieces of higher quality food per student.
    • Middle-income bowl has 4-5 pieces per student
    • Low income has 3 low-quality pieces per student.
  • student page (attached)

Attachments

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Divide the participants into three groups, as indicated below, to represent high-income countries, middle-income countries, and low-income countries. The following table shows the number of students in each group depending on the class size:

  2. Ask each group to perform the “work” needed by the average individual to grow their food. The type of activity may vary with your space but running in place or jumping jacks will allow student to get the idea. The low- income groups should work longer and harder than the middle or high. These countries frequently have less machinery and more human power used in farming. High- and Middle-income people spend time earning the money to buy food but expend less personal energy to gather it.
  3. Announce that it is meal time and the students will receive an average food ration for their country. Distribute the bowls of food and allow students to share them.
  4. Allow the students time to finish their “meal” and sit down. Ask them how they felt in their group.
  5. Handout the student sheet and read the introduction. Give students time to read the information and create a graph.
  6. Discuss the questions before allowing students to finish.
  7. An excellent site to have a class discussion with is: Human Conditions (website)

Attachments

Bibliography:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Author:
Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 12 2014 10:04 AM

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