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Use knowledge of, a and experiences with, food sources to decide where food comes from.
Open a discussion with students about foods they typically eat in a day or week. Use a classroom white board to list student contributions to the discussion.
Show students photographs of various foods that they listed in the discussion. Ask students where they think these foods originate. Write their responses next to each food on the class list. For example, students may state that corn comes from seeds. Keep their responses on the display for future reference.
While viewing the photographs of various foods, students use Crayola Crayons and 5 x 8 blank index cards to draw pictures of each of the foods. If students are able, ask them to include the words identifying their illustrations on the pictures. Store each student's cards in an envelope or recycled cardboard box.
Read the book Where Does Food Come From? (Exceptional Science Titles for Primary Grades) by Shelly Rotner & Gary Gross or How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth to the class. Allow students time to react to the reading and discuss their ideas regarding the origination of their foods. Make changes to the class list of foods and originations as noted by students.
Have students take their index cards of food illustrations and divide them into two categories: foods from animals and foods from plants. Check student work for accuracy.
Make this activity into a game. Students decorate two recycled cardboard boxes. One will be labeled as "Food from Plants" and the second will be labeled "Food from Animals." Take two to three decks of student food cards and have students mix them up. In small groups, students look at the pictures and determine if the illustration originates form animal or plant. Once a determination is made, students will place the card in the correct box. Check for accuracy.
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