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In researching the trajectory of fruits, vegetables, and products, from point of origin to their hands, students trace established routes and modes of transportation through the continents outlined in a seven-panel relief mural. Students begin by mapping the physical proximity of the continents and questioning the relationships between countries. For field research, students read labels on fruit at their local grocery store and come to the realization that it comes from all over the world. Students then trace the journey of fruits and/or vegetables from the continents to their hometown. Students create relief maps of the continents, record routes for various foods from production to sale, and identify types of transportation used and methods employed by companies to preserve food during transport. Students also consider the impact such transportation may have on the environment.


CCSS English Language Arts
RI 3.1, RI 3.2, RI 3.3, RI 3.5, RI 3.7, RI 3.9, RF 3.4, W 3.7, W 3.8, W 3.9, SL 3.1, SL 3.2, SL 3.3, SL 3.4, SL 3.6

3.1, 3.1.1, 3.4.3, 3.5.2

CA Arts Standards
5.VA:Re8, 3.VA:Cr1.2,

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