Grade 6 LP

Investigate the chemical compounds in living things and contrast these with the major elements of the Earth’s crust.

Compare inorganic compounds to organic compounds and examine examples of each group of organic compounds.

Investigate the concept of earth “stewardship”.  The learner will develop an awareness of organic/sustainable foods as an alternative, earth-friendly way to eat. This lesson encourages the learners to evaluate their choices when they and their families purchase food products. Students identify how organic/sustainable foods contribute to their health as well as the health of our world.

Investigate what  organic farmers have to think about and plan for before they begin farming such as  the condition of their soil, natural cycles, the animals that live in their fields, and how their work impacts the health of the soil and the people who live near it. Student will design their own field and make a framework for plans to cultivate their crops.

Have the children talk brainstorm about a few different places (e.g. – the soccer field, their garden, a forest) Talk to them about what soil is and more words for how soil looks and feels. Group the children giving them soil from different places as discussed ask them to try to determine from whence it came per worksheet.

To begin teaching young children about organic food, see if the students can define organic or if they know what pesticides and herbicides are. Why might it be better to produce food without these chemicals?

Consider having a taste test of conventionally grown produce and organic produce. Ask children to rate which food they like better, and discuss whether organics taste better and why that might be.

Assign children the task of taking their knowledge home and ask them to speak with their parent’s id (or even the school cafeteria) about using more organic products and how it would benefit the family.

Children could design home organic gardens in makeshift places such as kiddie pools or window boxes. Children would journal the process.

Schedule a field trip to a local grocer speaking with the organic grocer about the textures and qualities of organically grown food, how it may be cooked differently from other foods (i.e. less time) and how that factor and others might influence the environment.