Food Waste Curriculum

This page contains Educational Units developed for The Nature of Teaching program. Each unit contains one or more lesson plans that contain Common Core English/Language Arts, Math, and Next Generation Science Standards. Many lessons are currently in Indiana Academic Standards but will be updated by the end of the 2018 calendar year. Click on an image to open the PDF of the Educational Unit. Text with black boxes within the PDFs are links to supplemental materials. Most lessons are K-5, but some include middle school and high school standards, and many can be scaled up. 

Food Waste and Natural Resources
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This unit contains two lessons which cover how land and water resources are used to produce food.

Food Waste and Natural Resources

 

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Food Waste and The Environment
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This unit contains three lesson plans that will teach students how food waste affects water, climate change, and wildlife.

Food Waste and The Environment

 

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Solutions to Food Waste
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This unit contains three lesson plans that will teach students how to reduce food waste by learning more about proper food storage, best-by dates, and ugly foods.

What a Waste of Food!

 

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School Gardens
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This unit offers multiple lessons plans which encourage youth to reduce food waste by inspiring ownership and pride in that food. Children will be more likely to try new food when they grow it themselves. Most materials can be found in the great outdoors or purchased inexpensively at stores in your area.

School Gardens

 

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Food Waste and Natural Resources
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This lesson teaches students how reduce food waste at home and school through fun hands-on activities and discussion.

Food Waste Solutions

 

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Food Waste and Natural Resources
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This lesson teaches students how food transportation and food miles affect the environment. Students will learn where different foods typically come from and calculate food miles for different modes of transportation.

Transporting Food Waste

 

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