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6th, 7th, 8th


English Language Arts


80 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides


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Food Lesson: Creating a Concept Map

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May 23, 2024
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In this lesson, students unpack the complexities of the global food system and climate change.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video to think about the complexities of the global food system and its connection with climate change.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students create a concept map to connect different ideas and concepts relating to the global food system and climate change.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students use their concept maps to determine which topic has the potential to make the biggest impact on climate change.

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Teaching Tips


  • Students think critically about the ways climate change and the global food system are intertwined.

  • Students collaborate and build on ideas they explored in previous lessons.

  • Students explore the relationships and connections in a highly complex system in a scaffolded and supported way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 6 of 6 in our 6th-8th grade Climate Change, Food Production, and Food Security unit.

  • Students will get the most out of this activity if they have completed most of the previous lessons in the Climate Change, Food Production, and Food Security unit.

  • Students may need to gather materials, such as paper and markers, for students to create their concept maps.


  • Teachers can assign the Teacher Slideshow on Google Classroom and students can submit their work independently.

  • Students can create the concept map as a whole class or they can work in small targeted groups.

  • Students can create their concept maps independently.

Scientist Notes
This lesson allows students to explore the impact of climate change on the global food system and why it is important to change food choices that would adversely impact on the climate. They would learn how to use concept maps to ideate high-impact solutions that would address climate change and food insecurity in their community. All materials used in creating the lesson were fact-checked, and this lesson has passed our science credibility process.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standard

  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.WR.6.5 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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