This is a great one-day activity that gets students thinking critically about our world and the food systems within it. It is great to leave as a backup lesson for a substitute teacher. While this is a good lesson for Home Ec/FACS classes, this would also be a good activity for Social Studies classes.
copies of the web for each student, access to travel episodes that involve food [e.g. Jamie Oliver Food Escapes, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (on travelchannel.com), A Cook Abroad (on Netflix)], means to show the episode (e.g. a projector, a television)
1) Teacher or students select an episode of a travel show that involves food
2) Before showing the video a) students fill out "food or ingredients common in this country" (optional), b) teacher could describe the number of points students should make in each section, and c) teacher could explain how this will be assessed (I suggest assessing based on effort and quality of thought demonstrated)
3) Students fill out the web as they watch.
4) Students are given more time to work on the web (or complete for homework). Reflections can continue onto the back of the page.
NOTE: Be sure to pre-view the episode being shown. Many of travel shows include content that might not be suitable for certain age groups (e.g. in some Bizarre Foods episodes sexual organs of animals are eaten).