Climate Science & Food Systems Traveling Trunk

Essential Question:

How does our changing climate impact the food system?

Created by:

Climate Kids

Grade Level:

Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School

Subject Areas:

Science, Public Health, Fine Arts, Language Arts

Setting:

Classroom, Local Garden, Field Trip Sites

About the Trunk:

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will gain an understanding of how climate change is impacting the food system on a regional level, how climate-smart agricultural practices can help offset the impacts of climate change, and the role we play at the intersection of climate, food, and agriculture.

Students will:

  • Understand the importance of the carbon cycle, how we have altered it, and what this means for our changing climate.

  • Explain the basic tenets of photosynthesis and the role plants play in the carbon cycle.

  • Understand the regional climate impacts on our food system and what this means for agriculture and aquaculture.

  • Perform a class experiment to demonstrate the impacts of changes in temperature and precipitation on plants.

  • Understand the suite of climate-smart agricultural practices that help sequester carbon in the soil and offset the impacts of climate change.

  • Develop solutions to reduce impacts of climate change in our community and help support a thriving food system.

  • Create and design community artwork to portray solutions and tell the story.

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