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Lesson Title: Fragile Food Chains                     Relative Length: 1-3 days
Grade Level: Secondary                                Subject: Social Studies & Creative Writing

Immediate Objectives:
    Students will learn about governing resources, planning for the future, and working with
      unforeseen circumstances.
    Students will take structured notes about how their choices and uncontrolled environmental
      factors affected their hypothetical village.
    Students will write about managing resources from an imagined personal perspective.
    Students will be assessed, on an age appropriate scale, on the thoroughness of their notes and
      on the understanding of their experiences as apparent from their subsequent writing.

Global Objectives:
    To increase understanding of global and local resources and allocation
    To increase socio-economic awareness and sensitivity
    To understand the personal consequences of resource planning and governance.

Materials: Each student will receive a worksheet on which to chart the progress of their agricultural year
(below). Each group will receive a stack of 54 printed on cardstock, cut out, & thoroughly shuffled, with
events written on them, as well as money tokens and crop tokens (also below). Students will need lined
paper and a pencil or pen, or word processing resources.

Introduction: Set students up in groups. As a class, ask them what they know about the process of
producing food. Bring up incidents in the news nationally and globally, such as a rise in prices for certain
grown commodities (what might cause prices to increase?) or weather systems (how might they affect
food production?).
Activities:
    1. Each student will receive a worksheet on which to chart the progress of their group’s agricultural
         year (below). Each group will receive a stack of 54 printed cards with events written on them
         (also below), and money and crop tokens.
    2. Read the directions as a class & go over a couple of scenarios/examples. Try to personalize it, to
         set the tone for the students to see these events as happening to people. Draw a card, or a few
         cards, & talk about the personal ramifications as well as the effect on the game.
    3. Have groups play the game and record their results on the worksheet.
    4. Bring the class back together to talk about what happened, and about the writing assignment (the
         last number on the worksheet). Ask students to suggest places that these scenarios could
         happen in, and how the results might be different depending on where the family was. Then ask
         them to do the writing.
Closure: Bring the class together once more for a full classroom discussion. This time, compare results
from all the groups in the class— maybe on a whiteboard. How did the families do? Who was
prosperous, and who had to re-locate (begin again) multiple times? Where in the world did students
place themselves while telling what happened in story form, and why? What strategies might we employ
at community, national, and world levels to make life easier for families like these everywhere?

Assessment: Students will be assessed on both individual and group participation throughout the
lesson. The worksheet should be assessed for accuracy and detail, and the short story should be
checked for imagination, story structure, and use of the timeline from the worksheet. Classroom
discussion should be a factor in the final assessment as well. Recommend grading in three parts: Group
& classroom game and discussion participation (40%), accuracy and detail of recorded information (20%),
and detail, structure, and quality of creative writing (40%).

Notes & Resources: Please feel free to tailor this lesson in any way to your own classroom or school.
At The Hunger Site, we hope to foster a culture of peace through education and awareness as well as the
simple act of feeding the hungry. Learn more at www.TheHungerSite.com.




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Fragile Food Chains: A Year’s Snapshot                       Name:

 1. Read the directions and the key very carefully.
 2. Begin with 2 crop tokens and 3 money tokens.
 3. For each month, you must first draw a conditions card, then reap a harvest according to the key
    below, and finally pay one token (either crop or money) to feed your family. If you fail to feed your
    family, document that you are malnourished for that month. If you are malnourished for 3 months in
    a row, you have reached starvation and must leave your farm. Start again.
 4. At any time during each month, you may buy or sell crop tokens according to the season you are in
    (see key). During spring and summer months, you may plant crops. For each planted crop, harvest
    as indicated by the season you’re in. Discard half (round up) of planted crops when winter begins.
 5. Play the game for 3 total years. Then look at your harvest record. How many years were you
    successful? When did you fail, and why? What happened to affect your life?
 6. Imagine being a person in the family that just experienced the three years you recorded. What
    would your life have been like? Write a one-page, single-spaced short story from that person’s
    viewpoint. Choose and describe specific incidents, the way you felt during these incidents, and
    what happened to your family because of them, both physically and emotionally.

January                                                      July
Year 1:                                                      Year 1:
Year 2:                                                      Year 2:
Year 3:                                                      Year 3:

February                                                     August
Year 1:                                                      Year 1:
Year 2:                                                      Year 2:
Year 3:                                                      Year 3:

March                                                        September
Year 1:                                                      Year 1:
Year 2:                                                      Year 2:
Year 3:                                                      Year 3:

April                                                        October
Year 1:                                                      Year 1:
Year 2:                                                      Year 2:
Year 3:                                                      Year 3:

May                                                          November
Year 1:                                                      Year 1:
Year 2:                                                      Year 2:
Year 3:                                                      Year 3:

June                                                         December
Year 1:                                                      Year 1:
Year 2:                                                      Year 2:
Year 3:                                                      Year 3:
 Weather Card Key:
 Seasonal Weather: Weather is normal for that part of the year, no crop interference.
 Exceptional Weather: Weather is absolutely perfect for growing! Double your crop tokens for this week.
 Poor Weather: Your crops are negatively affected. Halve your crop tokens for this week (round down).

 Seasons
 Winter: December – February
  ~Harvest 0 crop tokens per planted crops.            ~1 crop token costs 3 money tokens.
 Spring: March – May
  ~Harvest 1 crop token for every two planted crops.   ~1 crop token costs 2 money tokens.
 Summer: June – August
  ~Harvest 1 crop token for every planted crop.        ~1 crop token costs 1 money token.
 Fall: September – November
 ~Harvest 2 crop tokens for every planted crop.        ~2 crop tokens cost 1 money token.
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                    Planted Crops: Place Tokens Here (or record on a separate sheet of paper)
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Cards (cut out & shuffle well)




       Seasonal Weather           Seasonal Weather                  Seasonal Weather




       Seasonal Weather           Seasonal Weather                  Seasonal Weather




       Seasonal Weather           Seasonal Weather                  Seasonal Weather




       Seasonal Weather           Seasonal Weather                  Seasonal Weather




       Seasonal Weather           Seasonal Weather                  Seasonal Weather




       Seasonal Weather           Seasonal Weather                  Seasonal Weather




       Seasonal Weather          Exceptional Weather               Exceptional Weather




     Exceptional Weather         Exceptional Weather               Exceptional Weather




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      Exceptional Weather                             Poor Weather                              Poor Weather




           Poor Weather                               Poor Weather                              Poor Weather




           Poor Weather                               Poor Weather                              Poor Weather




                                                                                                 Pest: Blight
                                               Natural Disaster: Wildfire            Winter & Spring: Lose half of harvest and
                                            Winter, Spring, & Summer: Lose harvest             half of planted crops.
           Poor Weather
                                                     & half of planted crops.        Summer & Fall: Loose half of harvest &
                                               Fall: Loose 2 harvest crop tokens                 all planted crops.
                                                                                         Other: Crop token cost doubles.




Big Weather System: Tornado!                                                           Big Weather System: Flood!
                                              Big Weather System: Hail!                         Winter: No effect.
Winter, Spring, & Summer: Lose harvest
                                                      Winter: No effect.              Spring: Lose harvest & planted crops.
         & half of planted crops.
                                            Spring, Summer, or Fall: Lose harvest.           Summer: Lose harvest.
  Fall: Loose 2 harvest crop tokens.
                                                                                        Fall: Loose 1 harvest crop token.



                                            Big Weather System: Dry Spell               Natural Disaster: Drought
Big Weather System: Freezes                           Winter: No effect.
                                                                                     Winter, Spring, & Summer: Lose planted
          Winter: No effect.                 Spring: Lose harvest & planted crops.
                                                                                                       crops.
 Spring: Lose harvest & planted crops.      Summer: Lose harvest & half of planted
                                                                                       Fall: Loose 4 harvest crop tokens.
    Summer or Fall: Lose harvest.                           crops.
                                                                                         Other: Crop token cost doubles.
                                                     Fall: Loose harvest.



  Natural Disaster: Hurricane                Natural Disaster: Earthquake                       Pest: Locusts
       Winter: Lose crop tokens.                                                                 Winter: No effect.
                                                    Winter: Lose crop tokens.
Spring: Lose harvest & all planted crops.                                            Spring & Summer: Lose harvest & half of
                                               Spring or Summer: Lose harvest.
 Summer or Fall: Lose harvest & half of                                                           planted crops.
                                               Fall: Loose 4 harvest crop tokens.
            planted crops.                                                            Fall: Loose harvest & all planted crops.
                                                Other: Crop token cost doubles.
    Other: Crop token cost doubles.                                                       Other: Crop token cost doubles.


                                                             War                                      War
             Pest: Mice                     Winter: Lose all saved money tokens &     Winter: Lose all saved money tokens &
  Winter: Lose all saved crop tokens.              half of saved crop tokens.                half of saved crop tokens
Spring, Summer, & Fall: Lose all saved      Spring, Summer, & Fall: Lose all saved    Spring, Summer, & Fall: Lose all saved
         crop tokens & harvest.               money tokens and all planted crop         money tokens and all planted crop
   Other: Crop token cost doubles.                           tokens.                                   tokens.
                                                Other: Crop token cost triples.           Other: Crop token cost triples.




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    Government Regulations                     Environmental Regulations                          Pollution: Water
 Lose 5 money tokens. If you don’t have                                                 Your harvest crops are worth half of their
                                             Lose 1 money token every time you plant
  enough, sell unplanted crop tokens to                                                    value on the market from now until
                                             a crop from now on. Your harvest crops
make up remainder. If you still don’t have                                                Pollution is discarded, no matter what
                                             are worth double on the market from now
 enough, lose all your planted crops and                                                 other conditions may exist. Leave this
                                             on, no matter what other conditions may
begin again – the government has seized                                                  card on the table unless Environmental
                                                exist. Leave this card on the table.
    your land and you must move on.                                                        Regulations is active; then discard.


       Pollution: Pesticides                    Market Changes: Surplus                     Market Changes: Deficit
Your harvest crops are worth half of their   Your crops are worth half of their value   Your crops are worth double their value
   value on the market from now until        on the market this month only. There is    on the market this month only. There is
  Pollution is discarded, no matter what     more supply than demand, so the prices     more demand than supply, so the prices
 other conditions may exist. Leave this             must be low to compete.                       for food are high.
 card on the table unless Environmental       Other: Crop token cost is half, if you    Other: Crop token cost doubles, if you
   Regulations is active; then discard.                   need to buy.                               need to buy.




Money Tokens & Harvest Tokens (cut out)



   $          $           $           $          $          $           $          $          $           $           $

   $          $           $           $          $          $           $          $          $           $           $

   $          $           $           $          $          $           $          $          $           $           $




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