Classroom Activities

Ready to teach your students about world hunger? Check out the materials and lesson plans here.

These were developed by educators, with sponsorship by the Alabama 4-H Program in conjuction with Universities Fighting World Hunger at Auburn University, the Cape Breton University Children’s Rights Centre and the Canadian International Development Agency.

General

Fighting Hunger the Rights Way

Fighting Hunger the Rights Way is designed to coincide with prescribed learning outcomes for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies in grades 4-6 and 7-9. This format provides teachers the opportunity to teach about children’s rights and world malnutrition while also covering learning outcomes.

Molly's World Lesson Plan on International Women's Day

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Critical thinking, collaborative learning

In 2011, WFP gave Molly a small camera to film her life. This lesson plan weaves together her videos to spark a conversation in your classroom about the challenges and opportunities connecting girls across the globe.

Grades 4-6

Playing with Decimals

Subjects: Math

Skills: Addition and subtraction of decimals, critical thinking

Students practice addition and subtraction of decimals while considering the small domestic budgets of people in developing countries.

The Hunger Tree

Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts

Skills: Critical thinking, making connections, visualization of problems, collaborative learning

This activity uses the image of a tree to help students understand the problem of “hunger” that may seem overwhelming and impossible to change at first. This activity helps them think through the problem and its solutions.

How Did that Get on My Plate?

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Research, critical thinking, map reading

Where does our food come from? And more importantly, why does it travel so far to reach us? This activity illustrates the interdependency of our global food system and encourages critical thought and reflection. A trip to the supermarket is often a voyage around the world!

Introduction to Food Force

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Collaboration, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills

In groups, students play the Food Force game, each group focusing on a particular mission. Each group makes a brief presentation to the class describing the mission they were assigned, focusing on the particular needs each mission fulfills.

My Traveling Breakfast

Subjects: Language Arts

Skills: Creative writing, poetry

Students write a fictional, illustrated story in the first or third person, or an illustrated poem animating (personifying) their food’s journey from where it began to where it ended.

This activity can be used as a follow up to “How’d That Get on My Plate?”

Hungry for Words...Logistics

Subjects: Math, Language Arts

Skills: Comprehension, vocabulary

Students practice addition and subtraction of decimals while considering the small domestic budgets of people in developing countries.

Moving Food

Subjects: Math

Skills: Addition and subtraction of decimals, critical thinking

Students consider the different speeds of transportation used for delivering food assistance and make choices as to which mode of transport is best suited to different situations.

Grades 5-7

Where in the World – Africa

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Map skills, coordinates, relative and absolute location, critical thinking, research, writing to inform

This research activity is part of a geography-themed series: “Where in the World.” The activities are designed to be covered over a series of lessons. The end result is an understanding of hunger issues in a particular country, as well as an understanding that hunger is a global issue which affects countries in all areas of the planet.

Where in the World – South America

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Map skills, coordinates, relative and absolute location, critical thinking, research, writing to inform

This research activity is part of a geography-themed series: “Where in the World.”

Where in the World – Central America

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Map skills, coordinates, relative and absolute location, critical thinking, research, writing to inform

This research activity is part of a geography-themed series: “Where in the World.”

Where in the World – Asia

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Map skills, coordinates, relative and absolute location, critical thinking, research, writing to inform

This research activity is part of a geography-themed series: “Where in the World.”

Grade 7-9

The Hunger Obstacle Course

Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts

Skills: Collaborative learning, problem solving

Hunger affects populations both globally and domestically. Students should be aware of the obstacles to food security and good levels of nutrition that many people face every day. Encouraging students to find solutions to these problems heightens their awareness of the issues, and enables them to realize that members of a community can help each other in concrete ways. This activity engages students through a time-limited process of generating solutions to different hunger problems.

The Millennium Development Goals

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Critical thinking, collaborative learning

Eradicating hunger, part of the MDG 1, is the key to development. While people are hungry, all other development activities are thwarted. The hungry can concentrate on little more than their next meal. Hungry mothers give birth to hungry children, who, if they live long enough, grow into hungry adults.

Web of Connections

Subjects: Social Studies

Skills: Critical thinking, collaborative learning, problem solving

This activity helps foster an understanding of hunger in the context of other social issues. After participating in this activity, students are able to more effectively speak about the ways in which hunger is connected to other issues in the world that also impact those in poverty. Group members construct a “web” of connections between the given topics.

What to Do About Malnutrition

Subjects: Language Arts

Skills: Research skills, collaborative learning, presentation skills, writing to explain

Students create a mock United Nations conference where they address the issue of child malnutition and how it relates to children’s rights, based on their study of the Millennium Development Goals and of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Eat Your Way to School

Subjects: Math, Social Studies, Language Arts

Skills: Mean, median and mode, critical thinking, writing to summarize

Students discover the impact WFP school meals programs have on children in developing countries by comparing attendance records of these schools before and after implementation. Students then reflect upon ways in which school meals address children’s rights with reference to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.