LiFE: Farm to Table & Beyond
In the Farm to Table & Beyond module, students learn science through the study of food systems. The module's driving question — What is the system that gets food from farm to table and how does this system affect the environment? — frames students' investigations of our complex and highly technological, global food system. Students develop an understanding of systems and examing the interacting parts of food systems. They engage in hands-on investigations of they cycling matter in nature and human impact on this cycle including energy and resource use in processing, packaging, and transporting food. Using scientific reasoning, students analyze thier personal food choices and apply what they have learned as they make personal decisions related to food systems, health, and the natural environment. Learn more about the evidence base for Farm to Table & Beyond on our research page.
Designed for use in grades 5 or 6, the teacher guide includes:
Lesson plans with helpful background information, practical teaching tips, and tools for assessment
Student activity sheets and reading
A matrix that maps Farm to Table & Beyond to the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Review: the table of contents from Farm to Table & Beyond (PDF)
Try: Lesson 5 - From Field to Store (PDF)
Share: Farm to Table & Beyond flyer (PDF)
Farm to Table & Beyond was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCRR or NIH.