Adapted From: Food Share’s Plant Part Progression
Age: JK-grade 3
Key Learning: Understand the need to preserve land and protect our resources as they are limited
Equipment: Apple, knife, cutting board
Type: Lunchtime education
- Explain to the class that you will use an apple to demonstrate the Earth. Show all the pieces of apple to the students and explain what they represent as you slice them.
- Slice the apple into quarters and set aside 3. These 3 represent the oceans of the world. The fourth quarter roughly represents the total land area left
- Slice this land quarter in half, giving you two 1/8th world pieces. Set aside one piece. This island that people can’t use (polar areas, deserts, swamps, very high or rocky mountainous areas.) The other 1/8th piece is the land where people live but does not necessarily grow the foods needed for life.
- Now slice this 1/8th piece into four sections, giving you four 1/32nd pieces. Set aside three of these pieces. These are areas where we can’t grow because it’s too rocky, too wet, too cold, too steep, or the soil is too poor. They also include the areas of land that could grow food but are buried under cities, highways, suburban developments, shopping centers, and other structures that people have built.
- This leaves a 1/32nd slice of the earth. Carefully peel this slice. This tiny bit of peeling represents the surface, the very thin skin of the earth that we rely on to grow our food. Less than five feet deep, it is a fixed amount of food-producing land.