How Much Have You "Bean" Eating?by: Juan Yanez, Heather Journell, and Daniel Bergman

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Students use beans to explore the relationship between world population and limited food resources.

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  • on Fri May 17, 2013 11:38 AM

Students in an elementary class use this hands-on activity that models the distribution of limited food supplies. They do research and learn through discussion and debate about the ethical problems related to feeding many people with limited resources. The students present their solutions using technology. The whole lesson is provided in the article as well as a rubric that can be used. This is a difficult concept for elementary students but the lesson will provide guidance on this topic.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:49 PM

This lesson used a simplified inquiry approach with three phases: hands-on experiences, discussion of ideas, and applications for further learning. For the hands-on phase, the students participated in a simulation to determine if they had enough food for a month. This led to discussions about how to manage food shortages around the world. The assessment and technological applications of the lesson revolved around a group research project where the students made connections between historical and current world hunger challenges through the lens of technology. A rubric for grading student work was provided.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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