This fall, Jennifer Schultz’s fifth grade homeroom is doing a project based-learning unit that has the students focusing on the following driving question: How can we as food activists impact our communities consumption and production of food?
Students have viewed the documentary What’s on Your Plate? as well as a few clips from Food, Inc. The fifth graders will also be using the Omnivore’s Dilemma for Young Readers as a source for additional information.
To get a firsthand understanding of the difference between cage-free eggs, traditionally farmed eggs, and pasture raised eggs students did a blind observation–shell, yolk, clarity, size, etc.–and a blind taste test. Students used the LS Makerspace to do these observations and to also prepare and cook the scrambled eggs.
The students were not surprised that the most delicious tasting egg was the pasture raised egg! The most disgustingly bland, non-tasting egg was the traditionally farmed store bought egg.