Grade Range
6th-10th
Active Time
120 minutes
Total Time
120 minutes
Area of Science
Environmental Science
Key Concepts
sustainability, environmental impacts, agriculture, food waste
Credits

Overview

Exploring the impacts of feeding the world lesson

© 2015 California Academy of Sciences

In this two-day lesson, students will be introduced to several issues related to the social, economic, and environmental impacts of our current food system, including food waste, food deserts, agricultural land use, and the environmental impacts of diet choices.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Engaging in argument from evidence in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to constructing a convincing argument that supports or refutes claims for either explanations or solutions about the natural and designed world(s).

Construct an oral and written argument supported by empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon or a solution to a problem.
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems. Typically as human populations and per-capita consumption of natural resources increase, so do the negative impacts on Earth unless the activities and technologies involved are engineered otherwise.
Cause and Effect. Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.
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Connections to Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science

Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World. All human activity draws on natural resources and has both short and long-term consequences, positive as well as negative, for the health of people and the natural environment.
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Connections to Nature of Science

Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World. Scientific knowledge can describe the consequences of actions but does not necessarily prescribe the decisions that society takes.

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Grade Range
6th-10th
Active Time
120 minutes
Total Time
120 minutes
Area of Science
Environmental Science
Key Concepts
sustainability, environmental impacts, agriculture, food waste
Credits
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