The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Challenge has been completed by:

74 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will look at energy consumption associated with food production and transportation.

COMPLETE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS. EACH OPTION IS WORTH THE SAME NUMBER OF POINTS. YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO SUBMIT WORK AND GET POINTS FOR ONE OPTION.

OPTION 1: Create your own local food recipe
Students will research locally produced food and create a recipe or class cookbook using only local ingredients.

OPTION 2: Calculate the carbon footprint of your lunch
Students will determine the origin of items in their lunch and calculate the meal’s carbon footprint.

OPTION 3: Suggested modification for completion at home

Students will complete a modified version of Option 1 and will create their own local food recipe. 

Students or parents/guardians can save an electronic copy of the “Recipe card” worksheet (found in the lesson plan) on their computer, fill in their answers in the provided spaces, and email their completed worksheet to the teacher.

Younger students can draw their ingredients or an example of what the finished product would look like and take a photo which can be emailed to the teacher.

Teachers can submit up to three (3) PDFs or six (6) photos provided by students as proof of their classroom completing the challenge.


LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this activity, students:

  • will understand the concept of food miles and carbon footprints
  • will understand the importance and benefits of local farming

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

View the World Food Programme's World Hunger Map Live to see food security in over 90 countries. Explore how factors that are unique to certain areas are linked to food.  

This Globe and Mail article compares the expensive food prices in the North to the rest of Canada. 

See your diet's carbon dioxide equivalent score. 

To see how many miles go into the food you eat, check out Falls Brook Centre's food miles calculator.  

Food Miles Calculator
 
Saskatchewan's Organic Directorate's Food Miles Campaign - A Food mile calculator  
 
Eat Low Carbon 
 
Farm to School 
 
Nutritional Values for common foods
 

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