- List of where fruits and vegetables are grown (optional)
- Calculator (optional)
- Students can work individually or as teams
- Students can research where fruits/veggies are grown or you can provide a list of for students
- Using a map, have students calculate the number of miles it takes to ship a fruit/vegetable from where it is grown to your school.
- Have students label the map to identify where the fruit/vegetable is grown. Using the ruler draw a line from the place of origin to your school.
- Have students use the scale on the map to calculate the number of miles the fruit/vegetable travels.
- Compare and contrast the distance between various items.
- As a class, discuss the importance of growing/buying locally.
- What is the environmental impact of shipping fruits and vegetables?
- What sorts of fruits/vegetables should students try to buy/grow locally?
- Are any of these items being grown in your garden?
- What are the advantages/disadvantages of being able to ship these products across the country/world?
To find what fruits and vegetables are local to your state and to others, visit The National Resource Defense Council website. Use this site to create a list of fruits/vegetables and their locations for your students to map. This website also allows you to search by season!