Food Miles Lesson

Subject: 
Energy / Climate Change
Subject: 
Food / Farming
Subject: 
Transportation
Subject: 
Environment
Subject: 
Economy
Grade Level: 
5th-8th

In this active lesson, students will consider the sources of our food, and the distance the food travels to reach our plates. Working in groups, students will trace the steps that a meal, either sourced locally or non-locally, took to reach the plate.  Students will compile data  and calculate the miles each meal traveled.  The lesson concludes with an energizing activity where students expend their own energy to demonstrate how far each meal has traveled from farm to plate.

This lesson is based in Burlington, VT.  Download the MS Word version of the clue cards to adapt to your location if desired.

Based on  lesson developed by Alice Froehlich of Zenger Farm, Portland, OR.  

Download the lesson here.

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