Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

Meat of the Matter

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20 minutes (Part 1); 20 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Food & Hunger, Personal Consumption, Water Use

Resource Overview

Students graph global meat consumption, use manipulatives to explore the environmental impact of four different types of protein, and discuss the pros and cons of a shifting global diet.

Students will be able to:
  • Graph and interpret global meat production data.
  • Compare and contrast the environmental footprints of four different sources of protein (three livestock-based and one plant-based).
  • Evaluate the social and environmental implications of a shifting global diet.
Hamburger on bun

Features of This Resource

  • Lesson includes real-world data
  • Students investigate the water, land and carbon footprint of eating meat
  • Great for teaching how personal choices can impact climate change

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This lesson plan must be purchased as part of a lesson packet or as part of a full curriculum that is available in our store.

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