Anchor Phenomenon Ideas: Students love to talk about food! Begin this unit with a taste test of local vs. non local and/or organic vs. conventional fruits and veggies. As kids talk about food, make a list of the questions you hear and help them find answers throughout the unit.
a sample student response to question three in the packet.
Tips and Tricks: Although we focus on food throughout this mini unit, make a conscious effort to refer back to the impacts of an increasing human population. More people on Earth means more people to feed and that equals a significant impact on land, air, water and energy sources.
If possible ask a parent with a garden, local farmer, rancher, honeybee keeper, cheese maker or any other local food producer to come in and share their knowledge with your class.
Extension Activity: Students love imagining and designing a sustainable house. This project is very flexible - it can take 3 days or two weeks. The more time you offer, the more details students can include - maybe a compostable toilet or water wheel with buckets!