Part I
Families: Part II
Obtaining food: Part III

Here's a pdf with excellent materials for classroom use:

Food can be Art; Maybe Art can be food:

This is a fine place to add links to any Hungry Planet materials you come across and to post your own ideas about using these materials with your classes. Please be sure to give your name.


Teachers and students in the higher grades of the Lycee might find the article entitled "Can Food Improve Brain Health?" of interest. I especially recommend it for classes in the Science High School. Read it here.

Referring to the article above in Philip's posting, I would like to bring up Jamie Oliver's campaign for a healthier school meals in the UK. Food improves brain health for sure according to the scientific research mentioned in Eric Jensen's introductory seminar on Brain Compatible Learning held in Enka Schools last week.
Take a look at this article that I copied and pasted from the link below.

Last year Jamie Oliver tackled the shameful state of school dinners in one of the most acclaimed TV series ever.
Kids were eating piles of processed junk and recoiled at the sight of fresh vegetables. And the terrible diet was leading to a health time-bomb, with soaring rates of obesity and hugely increased risks of heart disease and other life-threatening conditions for Britain's children.
So Jamie took over school meals in Greenwich and tried to persuade the Government to improve standards. With dinner lady Nora Sands he showed that kids could be fed fresh, nutritious meals. And after a huge campaign, newspaper headlines and delivering a 300,000-signature petition, Tony Blair agreed to set new standards for school meals, and committed £280 million for proper ingredients, equipment and training.
A year on, Jamie wanted to go back to see how much better things were. Surely with all that money and new guidelines, the dinner ladies' lives would be much easier and the kids would be happily tucking into healthy grub?
But as he starts to unravel the finances and see the reality of the changes through the eyes of dinner ladies, kids and parents, Jamie begins to realise that they may have won the battle, but there is still a war to be fought.

What about a poem ? !
I guess you'll like it if you're teaching in Primary.

Beans, Beans, Beans

Baked beans,
Butter beans,
Big fat lima beans,
Long thin string beans-
Those are just a few.

Green beans,
Black beans,
Big fat kidney beans,
Red hot chili beans,
Jumping beans too.

Pea beans,
Pinto beans,
Don't forget shelly beans.

Last of all,
Best of all,
I like jelly beans!

Interested ? For more please go to www.101kidz.com

We should teach kids about the history of baklava. Greek people still argue that its theirs; however, we know that its our national dessert. Its not because I have too much national pride, its just I believe next generations should learn the truth. I would love to direct you to an article about its history, but none of the articles says its originally Turkish. Once I find an author sharing the same point of view with me, I will put the link. if not, I will write the history of baklava by myself. Lately, I have heard that pizza and hamburger can originally be Turkish food, too. I will compile more information about these critical issues and inform you soon.
Serhat TOMAS

I found an article written by the author of Hungry Planet that I thought I would share. It's interesting. I hope you enjoy it too!
**http://www.theglobalist.com/DBWeb/storyid.aspx?StoryId=4933**Zeynep Argic

Hello all!
Here is a link to answer all your questions about who is hungry at the moment all around the world ,and what’s being done.
World Food Programme :

Hungerbytes : To focus creativity on raising awareness about hunger through a unique, international competition. Let your students choose their favourite video among the best 5 and share it. For more information about HUNGERBYTES simply go to http://www.wfp.org/newsroom/hungerbytes.asp

As 3RD grade teachers we are planning to start a project about different school lunches / lunchboxes all around the world. Any link,website or source you can post here will be very much appreciated.

1st and 2nd Grades
We'll show the pictures from the website and discuss it with children in November. Then at the second term in April they'll take a picture of themselves and talk about their dinner time, their dinner habits, the food they eat, and what they do to help the poor people.

for higher levels analysis/ research & essay writing
-official website to fight hunger- World Food Programme
to search the authentic ethnic food
Karin’s ESL PartyLand- Food
To help students practice English with games, activities, quizzes about food
free cooking recipes- an integrated subject with our cooking club & 6th graders programme (maybe also I should check it more often for myselfJ)

This picture could be used to label vegetables.It could also be used with prepositions of place.Lana Neufeld-YILMAZ

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This is a photo I found when I was
looking for some materials. I liked it a lot and wanted to share it with you all :)

There are lots of videos about kids cooking. I thought we can ask our students to do the same too and put it on youtube (or ktunnel).

It's easy and fun.
here is a link for you.

And some websites
a website that you can find some kid friendly, no flame-no fire recipes.

a website about smart nutrition, health issues,
meal planning and cooking.

Janset Muge ALTAY

**Here's** another link where you can listen to an interview with the authors of the book.
And also here you can find the story of each picture in the book.

A wonderful site including lesson plans, projects, discussions on hunger in the world.
Here's another "must be visited" one... It has wonderful solutions and projects on world's hunger that you can (really!) simply add to your lesson plans...

And "The Story of Miguel's Tomatoes" is a lovely story you can read, talk about and make projects...


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We are one of the luckiest groups :) We have this reader for our 4th graders and we are planning to get the most of it.
After reading this book they will learn more than ten recipes from different countries which are worth trying.

4th Grade Teachers

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/food.shtml This is a link where you can find food words in different languages.

http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/educators/teach-nutrition.asp here is another link which focuses on teaching nutrition at schools.

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Students may do Turkish,European or African Diet Pyramid


http://www.childfun.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=9 nice link where you can find recipes for children

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/foodchain/activities.shtml food chain activities, printable worksheet and quizes

external image 13368_Love_Food_Hate_Waste.jpg nice slogan and an important point to adopt into our lesoons .


http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/vitamin.html Students can learn about special roles of vitamins,foods that are rich in Vitamin A,B,C... , and healthy recipes.

http://www.teachingheart.net/veryhungrycaterpillar.html nice activities and printables to use with the story.

Betül Mutver

http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/ a nice website from down under, New Zealand. You can find easy-to-cook and healthy recipes there.

http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/tools/downloads/healthy-eating-reward-chart-for-kids/Kids-healthy-eating-chart.pdf a reward chart for kids.

Evrim Kaçar


Making fortune cookies with our students (a good practise of future tenses)

A project on "a Typical Sunday Breakfast with the Family" (a picture story)

Special food for special events (eg: pilav and chicken for wedding dinners)

A poster of students favourite food with the ingredients and everything

4th and 5th Grade Teachers

Below is the list of activities the 8th Grade teachers are planning to do during class about Hungry Planet:

1st Term (mainly dealing with health issues associated with fast food culture and associated advertising)

· Eating habits in North America and Turkey
· Junk food (What is it? Advantages/Disadvantages?)
· Junk Food Survey to figure out our students’ and parents’ eating habits.
· Facts about making food look appealing in advertisements and food marketing strategies
· Creating healthy and unhealthy food advertisements in groups and presenting them in class via wikis.

http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/tools/main_search/search_results.cfm__ You can find lesson plans based on different aspects of food on this website and they give interesting facts about various topics on food.

2nd Term (mainly dealing with access and shortage of food in the different continents and creating an international recipe-book)

  • The type and amount of food in each continent
  • Doing a research project on causes leading to varying amounts of access and shortage of food in the world and writing a post-project report
  • Creating a video newscast on students’ results of research
  • International Recipe Book
  • International Food Fair
You can find arguements aganist vegetarianism and vegeterian recipes on this website: www.whyweg.co.uk

There has been a lot of debate about the effects of fast food on health and the environment. Eric Schlosser’s books Fast Food Nation (there is a movie) and Chew on this, and Morgan Spurlock’s film Supersize me have been amongst the most influencial. We cam make use of these in our classes,too.




Feel free to give us feedback on our ideas. Thank you ( Fulya, Sarah, Nazmiye, Tracy, Simla, Sinan, Bryson)


CAMPAIGN 1 ' IT'S GOOD TO TASTE BUT NOT WASTE'( starting from 3rd grades and above)

A report of the ground-breaking study that provides reliable information about the nature, amount and origin of food waste, if we present this report in the classroom. The students will get to realize how much food we throw away and feel the need to prevend this, starting from their closer environment which is our school. We can start a school campaign for lunch with slogans like ' It's good to taste..but not waste!', 'take only what you need..so we have enough to feed!' or any other slogans they create. Then, a group of volunteers or selected students can control this class by class during the lunch time and we can praise the class which wastes food less at the last day of the week.



This powerpoint presentation above is in Turkish but we can translate it into English and use it in our classrooms for the children to see how dramatic plastic bags pollute the environment and give harm to the animals. This issue is again related with Hungry Planet and a campaign in school can be started saying 'No! to plastic bags!'

and also 2 more articles we can have a look at

Ozge Berna

What About Water?
I learned about this site/project this morning through Twitter: http://www.charitywater.org/
We're doing so incredibly well with Hungry Planet connections that I'm beginning to think that perhaps we should save "water" (pun intended) for next year = Thirsty Planet. What do you think?

http://www.freerice.com/index.php Here is a great site where we can play a vocabulary game and donate through UN World Food Program. Gül Dovek

I don't know necessarily how this could be incorporated into the classroom, but there is a link called the hunger site that gather sponsor funds through site advertising and will donate funding for every click made by a visitor. Even just encouraging the students to take real action by participating in this kind of food drive online, could be a valuable lesson.
-Sarah C

This page "If the World were a Village" shows how the world's population would break down if it were 100 inhabitants. This is an excellent teaching tool that gives the students an easy to understand perspective on our world's population. There are many interesting points of discussion that can be explored in the classroom.
Nurkan Dikmen

Some links about hunger, starvation, obesity and wasting food

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1032605/As-supermarket-prices-spiral-Brown-tells-families-Stop-wasting-food.html What Gordon Brown thinks about wasting food.
http://uk.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=85699 A five minute video about hunger in Uganda.
http://worldhungeryear.org/A comprehensive website with many links.
http://www.wfp.org/english/ World Food Programme website.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/school_report/7596331.stmA video about healthy eating and obesity.
A video about LA fast food ban.Barkan Tekdoğan


1. A chart can be used to introduce the concept of plant characteristics and this can be done in conjuction with teaching and modelling readings skills. The text can follow a repetitive story line which makes easier to learn for very&young learners.We can find or ask students to bring pictures that match the text and children can take it back home as a follow up activity. Kids in kindergarten won't be able to read the sentences but they are sure to memorize.

2. This can be a good cooking activity. Here are the ingredients and the directions:
1.Cucumber slices per child.
2.6-8 carrot rounds per child.
3.1/2 celery stalk per child.
4.Lettuce leaves.
The cucumber is used for the center of the flower, the carrot rounds are used for the petals, the celery stalk is the stem and the lettuce leave for the leaves.

snack.jpg If we can't do in at school as a kitchen activity, we can ask students to do the activity at home and take pictures. They can even veideo-tape themselves.

3. Students cut circles for a head then they write their names on the back of the circle. they cut rectangles for arms and legs.Students trace their hands and shoes and cut them( They can help each other here) Later they cut out a very big triangle for each child. (Teacher can draw beforehand and students can cut out.In kindergarten teacher can even cut some of the shapes or it will take too much time.)They glue the triangle to the head, arms, legs, hands and shoes to the tiangle to form a person.
Later we can give them small pictures of food or they can bring the food pictures they like or they draw the the pictures. Later they glue which foods they like on the big triangle.Later they can draw on details such as a face, hair and you can hang them up with the title 'Our Pyramids' or something more creative.
Students can work in pairs or groups. We can revise the colours, food and shapes.

4. We choose colours and label each sheet of poster board with a colour (orange foods, red foods etc.) We ask the students to bring pictures from magazines etc. We ask the students to place the food items on the correct poster board. Later students glue down and write the name of the food under each picture.

5. The colouring pictures are a great tool for teaching about the food groups and eating healty.

6.Here is a nice rainbow craft. Students colour the rainbow according to foods' colours.

7.Here, you will find many crafts. my favourite is Fruit and Veggie Crown.

8.This poster would be nice in classes. Featuring a photograph of one food for every letter in the alphabet, it also includes all five food groups. What about making our own posters. Even students can do their own posters.


  • I'm an online member of the site www.learningpage.com which is a monthly bulletin for teachers containing free printable worksheets and ideas for especially young learners.You can have an easy & free membership and check this month's WORKSHEETS CELEBRATE HEALTHY EATING. I couldn't put them here as the website do not let me but the instructions below may give you ideas and if you're interested you can go and check the bulletin.
  • Draw an “X” through unhealthy food choices, and color those that are healthy.
  • Identify the first letter of various foods.
  • Connect the dots, and color a Thanksgiving picture.
  • Answer questions about the Monsters' Meal.
  • Cut and paste pictures of foods to complete patterns.
  • Fill in the last syllable of different food words.
  • Brainstorm healthy snacks.
  • Put healthy and not healthy foods in a Venn diagram.
  • Write a concrete poem in the shape of a favorite seasonal food.
  • Tally votes for the best Thanksgiving food.

    Şeyda (Nicoletta:)

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