How Much Energy is on My Plate?

This activity leads students through a sequence of learning steps that highlight the embedded energy that is necessary to produce various types of food. Students start by thinking through the components of a basic meal and are later asked to review the necessary energy to produce different types of protein.

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Lane Seeley - Seattle Pacific University
Karin Kirk - SERC
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This activity done with various degrees of scaffolding. Students can either follow the step-by-step activity or activity can be left open-ended for students to explore a range of answers.

Another extension to this activity would be a discussion about energy use and climate change in different societies with different eating habits.

Students with limited quantitative skills or Excel knowledge could be paired with experienced students.

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