(As a huge generalization) The limit of what my students know about what they eat ends at the corner or grocery store... We ALL deserve to know more about what we are putting into our bodies and how it fits into the larger context of Earth. In our next unit in Environmental Science, I'd like to look at humans and our relationship with food. Where does it come from? What do we do to it? How does it affect the planet we live on? For this project, my students need 10 documentaries about FOOD.
Students will watch different documentaries in groups and report out on what they have found. This activity will require them to gather information from the film, filter out what is most important, synthesize that information into a report, and work together to create a presentation.
I would like to model the structure of this project similar to the way "study groups" work in college. As the teacher, I'd like to remain as much "hands-off" as possible and allow freedom for the kids to decide who they will share (and what they will share!) from these extraordinary films. I will be explicit when explaining the structure of the project to the students--so that they will understand how the project is modeling the study groups that they will participate in as part of college science classes--and how they will be practicing for skills they will need once they graduate High School.
Also, our school has a media theme--so it is important that we look at science through the lens of current media. What better way to do that through documentaries!
Thanks for you consideration!
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