Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students explore the supply chains that bring food from the farm to our plates. Students begin by thinking about how they are connected to farming and agriculture through the food, fibres and cosmetics they use. Students are then asked to think about what is required to make this connection happen by creating a food supply chain diagram that shows the journey their food takes from the farm to their plate.

This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. For over 160 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show which, like other agricultural shows around the country, works to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. 

To gain access to a special student ticket offer for the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show see the Teacher Worksheet. 

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand that they are connected to farming and agriculture.
  • Students will understand how a supply chain diagram can help to graphically display their relationship to farming and agriculture.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS

  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI105)

Year 6 HASS

  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)

Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies

  • Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments and prepared to enable people to grow and be healthy (ACTDEK021)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-4, ST3-11LW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.

Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students work with others to generate responses to an issue or challenge, and present their ideas, findings and conclusions in a range of communication forms using discipline-specific terms and appropriate conventions.

Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Students collaboratively generate responses to an issue and present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of communication forms that incorporate source materials, mapping, graphing, communication conventions and discipline-specific terms.

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how social, ethical, technical and sustainability considerations influence the design of solutions to meet a range of present and future needs.

Topic: Consumption.

Unit of work:  The Show – Connections To Farming And Agriculture – Years 5 & 6.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in class discussions, oversee the creation of supply chain diagram.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Paper. Pens/pencils.

Keywords: The Show, farming, agriculture, supply chain, food, fibre.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand that they are connected to farming and agriculture.
  • Students will know the major links along a typical food supply chain.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … describe how they are connected to farming and agriculture.
  • … create a supply chain diagram.
  • … work collaboratively.
  • … present their work to peers.

Teacher content information: For 162 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show. Like other agricultural shows around the country, the Royal Melbourne Show aims to build the community's knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in everyday life by providing opportunities for the community to experience and connect with a range of different aspects of farming and agriculture.

Visitors to the Show are given the opportunity to get up close to a range of farm animals, to meet the farmers who raise these animals and to experi

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Where does your food come from?

Think Pair Share

You will now complete a Think Pair Share activity around the following question:

  • How am I connected to agriculture and farming?

Begin by recording your responses to this question in Column A of the table below. Once complete, you can team up with a classmate and discuss your ideas, adding new thoughts to Column B.

Question Column A Column B
How am I connected to agriculture and farming?

What is a supply chain?

A supply chain is the people, businesses, activities, information, and resources (like time or money) involved in getting a product from the farm to the consumer.

This image shows the supply chain for a potato chip, and shows the steps required from turning a potato seed into a chip.

Creating a supply chain

You will now work in groups to create a supply chain diagram for some food (your teacher will tell you what type of food you will be creating a supply chain for). Each gro

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