World Food Day Lesson Plan
Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Elementary, Middle and High School Students. Includes discussion questions and learning outcomes.
The 20213 theme of World Food Day is "Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind.""
Using MY HERO Multimedia Resources enriches student learning:
SDG #2: No Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
The following films illustrate the importance of access to clean water.
Students watch one or all of the following films before considering the discussion questions and activities.
A documentary about Growing for CHANGE made by students in the Westhaven Community.
A 5-minute video on the mission and the activities of Taaru Askan Organic Farm in Senegal, West Africa.
Food activist Joy Moore, teaches gardening and nutrition to high schoolers at Berkeley Technology Academy.
The following film highlighting youth activist Sophie Healy-Thow is recommended for high school and college students.
1. Do you know someone who fights hunger in your community? Share their story with MY HERO.
2. How does having access to fresh vegetables and fruit improve a person's life?
3. Does your school or community have a garden to grow vegetables? If so, share the story with MY HERO. If not, what can you do to start a garden at school? Talk to your teachers, create an action plan, get support, and share your efforts with MY HERO.
4. Research organizations and people who are working to fight hunger around the world. Who do you admire and why? Share the story of your hero with MY HERO.
5. Research sustainable farming practices globally and their impact on a community.
MY HERO Suggested Video
"Athletic, Concerned College Students Deliver 626,000+ lbs of Produce to Food Banks in Need" (2020) by The Farm Link Project
Get involved at FarmLink.org
The following stories and films are appropriate for middle and high school students.
Students read the following stories that provide inspiring examples of individuals working to end hunger and consider the discussion questions and activities.
Two stories are available in text and audio, so students can listen to the story as they read. Great for ESL/ELL students and emerging readers.
Marcus Samuelsson is an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef and restaurant owner who focuses on the food needs of the world.
The Soul foundation runs two "JBJ Soul Kitchens" in New Jersey. At these nonprofit, community restaurants, diners pay for their "farm-to-table" meals by volunteering or giving a donation.
Listen and Read Along: Stories with text and audio
The story about Robin Emmons has been translated to Spanish
Resources for Upper Elementary Students
Elementary-age students are encouraged to use the story written by an upper elementary student about Johnny Appleseed as a model to write about their hero, along with original illustrations, to submit to MY HERO.
This film appropriate for upper elementary students illustrates the environmental effects of meat consumption. It shows that the youth, the people who are going to take care of the earth next, are going to face serious environmental issues and we need to make a difference.
Illustrates the environmental effects of meat consumption, emphasising the strain it will cause for future generations.
Food and Agriculture of the United Nations Activity Book for Students
Students learn more about the importance of World Food Day with this activity book (FAO. 2021. Activity Book – Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life. Rome). Follow the journey of food from the farm to your table and the great efforts food heroes make to get it there, no matter the circumstances. And find out how your choices and actions can make a difference. No matter your age, you can be a food hero!
Posters and Artwork that illustrate the concerns about our food today
Students analyze the following artwork and posters that demonstrate concerns about food and hunger.
Students are invited to create posters to submit to MY HERO and hang in their school, in order to educate others about food issues, such as hunger, healthy food options and sustainable farming.
Students will identify people in their community and around the world working to end hunger. Students will develop research skills as they explore heroes making advancements in sustainable farming and ending hunger.
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
The World Food Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
MY HERO Calendars for use in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 9/6/2019 2:58:44 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 9/20/2023 12:30:24 PM by Laura Nietzer