Grades 6-8 Activities and Curriculum

Below are resources by grade level available to help educate students about the issue of hunger and food insecurity and to encourage advocacy in their own communities. Lessons or group sessions can be created by either reviewing our “IFP Hunger in Our Communities” PowerPoint or viewing the video “Voices From the Pantry” and following with one of the activities listed below.

Grades 6-8 Explain how everyone isn’t equal and people are dealt different hands in life

  • Activities
    • Lifes Journey Game
      • This activity will demonstrate the effect of different circumstances on whether a person has enough money to make ends meet or not. The ‘chips’ in the game represent wealth, which is divided randomly between the participants and won or lost based on chance.
    • Rice Bowl Lesson- Multiplying Savings
      • Students will learn how saving small amounts of money over extended periods of time can add up to a substantial quantity of money.
    • Rice Bowl Lesson- Dividing the Booty
      • Building on the lesson “Multiplying Savings”, students will learn how the total savings can be divided up to feed a large number of hungry children.
    • Rice Bowl Lesson- percents and proportions
      • Students will determine the proportion of children in our classroom that would have HIV/AIDS, be illiterate, and live below the poverty level were they to live in the US, Haiti, India, or South Africa.
    • Hunger Quiz with Answers
    • Hunger Obstacle Course
      • A lesson in overcoming the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty
      • 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 participants in creative problem solving though a time-limited process of generating solutions to different hunger-related problems. Small groups of students circulate around the room and write down solutions to each of the hunger obstacles.
    • What can we do about malnutrition
      • A mock United Nations conference
      • Students will create a mock United Nations conference where they will address the issue of child malnutrition and how they plan on ending malnutrition.