Lesson Plan

Food for Thought: Defining a Problem to Find a Solution

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Scholars approach a problem trying to plan a meal for a class party. They learn about the restrictions and must decide what information they need to plan the meal. The first lesson in a 13-part unit on Our Hungry Planet encourages individuals to find perspective and ask questions to gain insight.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the lesson by asking how much more challenging it would be if everyone in the grade level or everyone in the school was included
  • Find out how much food waste cafeteria workers see every day
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of food allergies and compromise
  • Focuses on the essential skills and objectives throughout the entire lesson
  • Engaging lesson keeps scholars invested
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