Erase Neighborhood Hunger

Erase Neighborhood Hunger lesson plan

Why are so many people hungry? Ample supplies of food are available to feed everyone. What are your solutions to erase hunger in your community--or around the world?

  • 1.

    Farmers grow enough grain to provide every person on Earth with 3,500 calories of food each day. Why then are children and adults hungry, even in our community? Students research why so many people are hungry, malnourished, or starving. How does hunger affect their lives? What can students and their families do to help erase hunger? Brainstorm ideas.

  • 2.

    In a drawing made with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on construction paper, students show one or more ways they can work together to erase hunger. Show a family volunteering at a local soup kitchen or stocking shelves at a food bank or draw volunteers delivering baskets of food to low-income families.

  • 3.

    Use the eraser to remove some color from the drawing. Add highlights. Erase lines for texture in foods, package labels, and baskets. Erase words from large blocks of color. Fill in erased areas with another color for dramatic effects.

  • 4.

    Display the posters where others will see them. Encourage people in your community to get involved!

Standards

  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Students invite an officer from their school's PTA/PTO to meet with them and discuss organizing a food drive. Create posters to advertise the food drive and compose a saying that will attract attention to their food drive. Hang posters in the school and local community to encourage participation in the food drive.
  • In small groups, students investigate he nutrition of common, nutritious foods. Create a list of these foods and post it in the school.
  • Encourage students to find a local shelter or soup kitchen and volunteer for a day. After the event, students discuss the experiences and post their reactions to a class blog.