Sense of Plate Unit (2nd Grade)

This unit has students investigating the sources of foods that they love to eat! In this interdisciplinary unit, students conduct interviews with families and local farmers to discover what foods grow well in their community, grow those foods in their school garden, and share their knowledge with their community through plants and a growing guide. Students will also begin to develop an understanding of food systems by examining the different impacts of locally and globally-sourced goods.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA

Community Partner(s)

 Hāmākua Harvest is a local non-profit organization that hosts a Demonstration Farm and Native Hawaiian Agroforestry project that highlight crops that are both culturally-significant to the Honoka’a community and ecologically-adapted to the climate of Hāmākua. To learn more, get involved, or plan a huakaʻi with your students, visit their website 

Essential Question

How does culture and environment impact the foods we eat?

Enduring Understanding

  • Students will understand that our natural environments and habitats influence what we can grow and eat locally. 
  • Students will recognize that “place” (culture and environment) influences what foods we like to eat and how we like to prepare those foods.
  • Students will be able to explain the environmental, social, and economic impacts of locally-produced and globally-produced foods. 


Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content Agriculture, Social Studies, STEM