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Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

Food Waste Lesson Plans

Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

The World Wildlife World Wide Fund for Nature's "Be a Food Waste Warrior" program offers K-12 lessons, activities, and resources to teach the planetary impact of what we eat and what we throw away.

You'll find four comprehensive sets of lesson plans, each designed for different age groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

Each lesson plan includes several resources:

Teaching Guide: How to Get Started
Slideshow: "What is Food Waste?"
Food Audit Instructions
Discussion Questions
Free Student Activities

There are also 2 sets of slideshow lessons designed to introduce your students to the importance of reducing food waste. Designed for K-5 and 6-12. Teacher notes are built right in!

What children will learn with these lesson plans:

The costs of producing food
The impact of farmland on ecology
Food waste statistics
Effect of food waste on the environment
The food recovery hierarchy
Solutions to food waste

Books That Teach Children About Food Waste and Protecting Our Planet
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Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

As part of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association's ongoing efforts to take a bigger role in the food waste conversation, they partnered with educational curriculum specialists, Young Minds Inspired (YMI), to create an online program that highlights how frozen and refrigerated foods can help reduce food waste.

This teaching kit consists of a teacher’s guide and reproducible student activities, as well as a video and infographic on food waste and information on food safety. These materials are targeted to middle and high school students (and their families) in family and consumer/environmental science and health classes.

Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

Lesson plans include:

Reproducible activity sheets

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Free Food Waste Lesson Plans
Each year, the food we waste costs the North American economy $278 billion US dollars and could have fed 260 million people
Free Food Waste Lesson Plans
Commission for Environmental Cooperation Food Matters Action Kit

The Food Matters Action Kit contains over 70 activities to engage youth in preventing food waste. Activities can be done individually or in a series, in any order that suits learning themes for your class or organization. There are two sets of activities: for kids (ages 5-13) and youth (ages 14-25) organized together by theme. Many activities are relevant for either age group, so feel free to explore them all!

Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

Lesson plans include:

Where does food come from?
More than "Just Food"
Celebrating "ugly food"
Stop food waste at its source
Food innovators
Food rescue and sharing
Get composting
Where does it all go?
Towards a just and sustainable food system

Books That Teach Children About Protecting Our Planet
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Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

FoodSpan, from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, offers a free, downloadable curriculum which provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues, empowers them to make healthy and responsible food choices, and encourages them to become advocates for food system change.

Free Food Waste Lesson Plans

Students will learn why food waste is a problem and explore strategies to reduce it. Extension projects will further empower students to take action to reduce food waste in their homes, schools, and communities.

Lesson 13, "Our Wasted Food," focuses on Food Waste and includes:

Learning Objectives
Essential Questions