• HAND OUT – Hand out student booklets
  • WATCH – Cue up the video below and watch it with the class
  • THINK – Give students time to reflect and complete their booklet
  • SHARE – Have students share their ideas with the class or work in their groups
  • CONSIDER – Go deeper by adding an activity from the extension buffet below
  • COLLECT – Collect workbooks till the next session
  • FEEDBACK – Record your feedback below




Extension Buffet

  • DISCUSS  – What food grows locally? Do students have a garden at home or a family farm? Where can you find local food in your community if you don’t grow it?
  • DAY IN THE LIFE – What if you could only eat local food? How would your meals be different? What would a day in your life look like?
  • STICKER ACTIVITY –  Have students open their lunch boxes/bags or bring fruit stickers from home. Stick on a map of the world to see how far food traveled. Discussion food transportation compared to growing food locally 
  • ECOCHALLENGE – Challenge students to reduce their lunch waste by making their own with the BR Granola Bar EcoChallenge
  • DAY IN THE LIFE – What would your day look like for someone that only ate local food? Would their meals look different? 
  • DISCUSS – What food is growing in your community right now? Eating seasonally means eating locally grown food when it is available. For example, you eat fresh strawberries in spring and summer and not year-round because they don’t grow in BC in the winter. What seasonal food do your students love to enjoy?
  • JOURNAL – All our food has a story. Have students write the story of their favorite food. 
  • MOVIE – A family bans all grocery store food from their house in the movie – First We Eat  The movie follows a family with 3 skeptical teenagers, living just 300 km from the Arctic Circle that puts food sovereignty to the test.
  • DISCUSS – Wild food tastes great and is as local as it gets. What wild foods have your students tried? Berries, fish, and wild meat grow in our forests. This is a great topic for your students who hunt and fish. What wild food have students helped harvest?
  • CLIMATE – Climate-specific content *coming soon* 
  • INVESTIGATE – Have students become a detective and go into their cupboards to find where the food they eat comes from. Look up the countries on a map. Use the food miles calculator to calculate how far the food is from. Which food is closest? Which is from the farthest away? 
  • FUTURE LUNCH –  Design a school lunch for a child in your community of the future.  What kinds of local food will they eat? What kinds of ways will they have to compost and reuse? Will their lunch be zero waste? The students could have individual lunches packed at home or there could be communal ways that lunch is prepared for all. 
  • FIELD TRIP – Coordinate a visit to a nearby local farm, community garden, or other local food producers in your community
  • WILD FOOD – Learn about what wild plants First Nations would eat in your area
  • COOKING DEMO – Use the school’s kitchen to do quick and easy demonstrations of how to make food scraps pesto from carrot tops or banana peel bacon 
  • GROWING WASTE – Growing cut green onion roots in water on windowsills
  • COMPOST IT – Find a person or group in your community with an active red wigglers compost bin and ask them to bring a worm bin to the classroom. The bin could ‘visit’ for an hour, or perhaps the bin could stay longer so the students could feed it.

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