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For many children around the world, food scarcity is a painful reality of daily life. Help young scholars understand the seriousness of this global issue with with a reading of the book The Good Garden. After discussing food security and completing a related worksheet, students conclude the instructional activity by writing and illustrating alternate endings to the story. Addressing a number of topics in social studies, science, math, and language arts, this cross-curricular instructional activity can really make for a rich learning experience in the upper elementary and middle school grade levels.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • All supporting materials are included with the lesson
  • Includes a list of topics to address during a class discussion about food security
Cons

  • Requires a copy of the children's book The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway
  • Assumes children are familiar with making pie charts