GeoSummit: Hungry Planet - A Gastronomical Tour of the World

Lesson Plan Content
In this unit, students will create a GeoSummit. Each team of students investigates a variety of food issues concerning a developed, transitional or less developed country and its culture. Through collaboration, students create country pavilion exhibits that showcase their research. Upon completion, teams simulate a “tour of the world” by visiting one another’s country pavilions and recording observations in their GeoJournals. Using the information gathered from this experience, students reflect, analyze, and then write a comparison piece that addresses food issues from multiple perspectives.
Kuropatkin and McIntosh
Grade Range: 
8-9 class periods
Lesson Materials
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
4: The physical and human characteristics of places
10: The characteristics, distribution and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics
14: How human actions modify the physical environment
15: How physical systems affect human systems
18: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future