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Ms. Ruffini from Hinesville GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

How Do You Know What You Are Eating Is Food?

Help me give my students the opportunity to discover how their food is grown, raised, and processed, and the effects this has on their health and the environment by reading Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition by Michael Pollan.

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My Students

My students are experiencing place-based and project-based learning for the first time. While most have embraced this style of learning, many of them still struggle with it. They like the comfort of knowing exactly what is expected without having to read the directions or much of the textbook that worksheets and workbooks provide. Being given open-ended questions with no clear right or wrong answers has been a real challenge for them.

I want to move my students towards independent thinking and have them develop confidence in themselves and their own constructed knowledge.

They need experience in the research and presentation of ideas. They need to work on their 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in order to be competitive in life after high school.

My Project

These books, Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Reader's Edition by Michael Pollan, will be used instead of the generic information found in the Environmental Science textbook to learn about agriculture and its effects on the environment. By making a direct connection between what my students eat and how that food is raised, grown, and processed, my students will see that they have a direct effect on the environment and a voice to make a change. They will also learn that the way their food is raised, grown, and processed has an effect on their health.

This book is written in a more personal way than a textbook and will speak directly to my students' way of life.

They have all eaten at a fast food restaurant, but they may not know the pathway that food took to get to the restaurant. They may know that certain foods are not healthy, but they don't understand why. By providing an alternative source of information, my students will go beyond a classroom textbook and into real life, their life.

Ms. Ruffini
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $7.99 35 $279.65

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