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Origin of Food: Whole Class Introduction to the Lesson

This introduction will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Have students list their favorite foods they eat, or assign them to find pictures of food from magazines to bring in. Make a list of their foods on large paper, overhead, or chalkboard. After the list is made, ask students if the foods come from a plant or animal and where they think these foods are grown. If time permits, ask students what must be done to the foods to make it healthy, safe and tasty enough to get to their dining room table.

  • Hand students a blank map of the United States. Have them label the states they know and help them fill in the rest. Below is a map that can easily be used.
  • Read a list of food items. Ask them what state(s) they think that food came from- and have them write that food on the state. Here are some food suggestions;
  • Corn: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, & Ohio
  • Dairy Products: Wisconsin, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota
  • Beef: Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Oklahoma, California
  • Soybeans; Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, & Ohio
  • Pork: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, North Carolina, Missouri
  • Chickens: Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas
  • Wheat: North Dakota, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Washington, Minnesota
  • Eggs: California, Georgia, Arkansas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas
  • Potatoes: Idaho, Washington, California, North Dakota, Maine, Wisconsin
  • Tomatoes: Florida, California, Virginia, Ohio, Georgia, Michigan

Sample Questions:

  • Are there any food growth patterns on the map? If so, what are they? What reasons could be given for the patterns?
  • What state would you want to live in to get your favorite food?
  • Would beef cost more in Maine or Texas? Why?

At this point, have students get onto a computer and begin the weblesson. You can work as a class or have the students work individually. For some of the topics, you may want to use a large screen projector. All segments may stand alone as individual lessons.

***You can also visit Land Learn for quick videos from the Great Britain and Australia areas 🙂

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