Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Where Does Your Food Come From?
Where does your food come from?

Science Background

In the last activity, we alluded to people's food choices and the negative health impacts of an unhealthy diet. We considered how people living in poverty have fewer healthy food choices due to issues such as cost, availability, and time. Still, everyone has some choice about the food they eat, and as children grow older, they have more opportunities to make choices. The eating habits we form when we are young, however, influence the choices we make later. As we have seen, those choices can then affect our health and well-being.

The current generation of schoolchildren has grown up eating more fast food and “convenience meals” than any prior generation. These foods contain more ...

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