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Valuing our food

For Teachers

Book “George and the problem of food”

Concept:

Thinking about how we have such inequalities of the availability of food in our world, we want to teach our young people the value of food. As we look at every piece of food we have on our table, we think about the journey that it has taken to reach us. We also use this opportunity to teach sustainability and good environmental practice because we are not wasting food.

In the story, “George and the problem of food”, George is alerted to the problem that some people do not have enough food to eat, some use it for cooking competitions – which devalues its purpose, most restaurants these days serve enough for two people in one serving, and there are many people who are homeless and eating out of a rubbish dump.

Lesson plan

As a group, read George and the problem of food

Go back to the page where the Prime Minister is turning the globe and talking about the different relationships that people on our planet have with food.

Class discussion:

Teachers, select some different foods and bring them to class or ask your students. Fruit and vegetables are perfect to look at, but you can also choose grains.

As a class look at one of the pieces of food that is chosen and discuss some of the following:

  • How did it get to our table?
  • Was it planted?
  • Picked?
  • Packaged in plastic?
  • Transported in a truck?
  • Unpacked in a supermarket and sold?
  • Bought and taken home in a car?
  • Put in the refrigerator for a day?
  • Taken to school for lunch?

Individual task:

Ask your students to select a piece of food and take it back to their workstation and create any of the following:

  • A digital story about the food’s journey from beginning to now
  • A poster
  • A flowchart of its journey

Don’t worry too much about inaccuracies. It is more important to get them thinking about the journey and the value of the food.

For Families

Book “George and the problem of food”

Concept:

Thinking about how we have such inequalities of the availability of food in our world, we want to teach our young people the value of food. As we look at every piece of food we have on our table, we think about the journey that it has taken to reach us. We also use this opportunity to teach sustainability and good environmental practice because we are not wasting food.

In the story, “George and the problem of food”, George is alerted to the problem that some people do not have enough food to eat, some use it for cooking competitions – which devalues its purpose, most restaurants these days serve enough for two people in one serving, and there are many people who are homeless and eating out of a rubbish dump.

Family activity

As a family, read George and the problem of food

Go back to the page where the Prime Minister is turning the globe and talking about the different relationships that people on our planet have with food.

Family discussion:

Parents let’s look at some food you have at home. Fruit and vegetables are perfect to look at, but you can also choose grains.

As a family look at one of the pieces of food you have in the house and discuss some of the following:

  • How did it get to our table?
  • Was it planted?
  • Picked?
  • Packaged in plastic?
  • Transported in a truck?
  • Unpacked in a supermarket and sold?
  • Bought and taken home in a car?
  • Put in the refrigerator for a day?
  • Taken to school for lunch?

Task:

Can we create any of the following and put it on our fridge this week, to apply our learning?

  • A digital story about the food’s journey from beginning to now – print for the fridge
  • A poster
  • A flowchart of its journey

Don’t worry too much about inaccuracies. It is more important to get them thinking about the journey and the value of the food.

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