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Food and Climate Change from MIT's TILclimate

Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Climate change affects food, but food also affects climate change. Students investigate causes of and solutions to food waste, plant-based recipes to get excited about, and the diversity and variety of heirloom foods. 

SWBAT

  • Explain the link between food waste and climate change.
  • Understand why some foods have a higher climate impact than others.
  • Describe varieties of an heirloom food.

Skills

  • Online research
  • Communication 

Standards Alignment: 

  • HS-ETS1-2  Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller problems that can be solved through engineering.
  • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • RST.11-12.9 Synthesize information from a range of sources into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept.
  • WHST.9-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • ESS2.D Weather and Climate
  • ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • ESS3.D Global Climate Change

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TILclimate What I Eat Educator Guide FULL.pdf

Activity
January 20, 2022
0.7 MB
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How to Use TILclimate Educator Guides.pdf

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January 20, 2022
0.3 MB
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Standards

Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
The role of radiation from the sun and its interactions with the atmosphere, ocean, and land are the foundation for the global climate system. Global climate models are used to predict future changes, including changes influenced by human behavior and natural factors.
Sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources, including the development of technologies.
Global climate models used to predict changes continue to be improved, although discoveries about the global climate system are ongoing and continually needed.

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