I would like to encourage everyone to accept the invitation to participate in the
Food and Culture projec
t. It's a concrete way to get your students learning with the world instead of just about the world.
This project is designed to be flexible enough so that no matter what course or grade level you teach you can participate.
The purpose of this project is the development of a global, collaborative
classrooms project which will provide a context for students to:
- Develop knowledge, skills and habits conducive to excellent health
- Practice habits of responsible citizenship - locally to globally
- Develop Global Competencies by studying "with" the world instead of "about" the world
- Develop critical 21st Century Skills
- Become engaged in a rigorous, relevant and real-world project
- Engage the knowledge within the disciplines through research, problem solving and application
- Learn - as opposed to memorizing then forgetting discrete facts
The initial sources of inspiration for this project were:
- The book, Hungry Planet - What the World Eats, which is both a beautiful and profound essay on the people of our planet and the food they eat;
- The Edible Schoolyard Project where students grow and cook their own food, as many of the content standards are taught through this project;
- Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, in which the goal is to change school lunch programs worldwide by providing fresh, healthy foods;
- Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods, an excellent compilation of research on the relationship of being in nature to the physical and emotional health of children and the direct
impact on a student's academic achievement; and
- the One Day on Earth film project, in which the goal is to create a documentary of one day on Planet Earth, and to include film footage from every country in the
Note: this project is not just for Family and Consumer Science classes - it is for all content areas.
Please join us!
Go to the official
Food and Culture web site
. In the drop down menu you will find additional links to the Food and Culture Wix which has detailed on the curricular foundations and inspirations for the project. You will also find a link to our Food and Culture Netvibes page and the Food and Culture wiki.