National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix
Farm-to-Fork in Augmented Reality (Grades 6-8)
6 - 8
Two 50-60 minute class periods
Students will research the farm-to-fork process for various foods and create augmented reality videos using the HP Reveal app to educate consumers about where their food comes from.
- Grocery store images
- Farm-to-Fork diagram
- Device with HP Reveal app loaded, 1 per student or team of students
- Farm-to-Fork in Augmented Reality handout, 1 per student printed front to back
- Food Cards, 1 class copy cut into individual cards
- Blank sheet of paper, 1 per student or team of students
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Essential Files (maps, charts, pictures, or documents)
farm: an area of land, animals, and/or equipment used to grow crops and rear animals for the production of food
food labels: a panel of information found on food packages stating the nutritional value of the food
Did you know? (Ag Facts)
- Most Americans are three generations removed from the farm.1
- In a 2011 survey, 72 percent of consumers reported to know nothing or very little about farming or ranching.2
- Despite food prices being higher, organic food sales are growing in popularity. 3
Background Agricultural Connections
Interest Approach – Engagement
- Display the images below of various sections of a grocery store.
- Ask your students, "Where did these foods come from before they became available for purchase at a grocery store?" (They were produced by plants or animals on a farm, harvested, processed, packaged and labeled, then transported to the grocery store.)
- Ask students to brainstorm the kinds of things consumers look for as they make purchasing selections at the grocery store. Make a list on the board. Examples may include taste, cost, convenience, nutrition, etc.
- Sum up your opening conversation using the information found in the Background Agricultural Connections section of the lesson. Students should recognize that only a small percentage of consumers have direct connections to farming and the production of their food. More and more consumers are interested in learning about the source of their food.
- Introduce the "farm-to-fork" process. Display the diagram to illustrate each step. Include the following points in your discussion:
- Farm: The food at our grocery stores could have been produced on farms locally, nationally, or internationally. Many factors play a role in the location of our food production including climate, growing seasons, fertile soil, etc.
- Processing: Any steps taken to prepare food for retail sale is considered processing. It may be as simple as washing and packaging produce or it could involve more steps such as processing wheat into flour and then into bread.
- Retail: Food can be sold in grocery stores, farmer's markets, restaurants, or other establishments.
- Consumer: The final step in the farm-to-fork process is the consumer.
- Inform your students that a local grocery store has conducted a survey of their customers and found that they want to know more about where their food comes from. The store has hired your team to create a farm-to-fork video that will be triggered by images at the grocery store.
- Introduce students to augmented reality. Each student or team of students should have access to a device with the HP Reveal app loaded. Have each student or team of students:
- Open the app
- Create an account (email, username, and password)
- Go to the "Discover Auras" box inside the app and search "NCAL." Select "NCAL's Public Auras" and click on "Follow."
- Give each student or team of students one copy of the Farm-to-Fork in Augmented Reality handout. Point out that the first page is an example of the Farm-to-Fork process for almonds. Demonstrate to students how to scan the trigger images (Auras) to view each overlay as they follow the farm-to-fork process.
- If the images do not scan, remind students that they MUST follow a user before their auras will scan (step 3c above).
- Teach students the basic use of the HP Reveal app and review the steps found on page two of the handout.
- Divide students into teams of two. Assign or have each team select one food item. Use the attached Food Cards to make assignments and to be sure there aren't any duplicates.
- When students have completed their project prepare them to share with their classmates. You may:
- Tape the pictures on the walls around the room and have students complete a "gallery walk" to see each project and scan the images.
- Have students stay seated and organize a pattern to pass each picture from group to group allowing 2-3 minutes to view each project before passing it to the next group.
Concept Elaboration and Evaluation
After completing these activities, review and summarize the following key concepts:
- Agriculture provides our food supply.
- All food follows a farm-to-fork process. It is produced on a farm, processed and prepared for sale, shipped to a retail establishment, and then purchased by consumers.
- Our food is produced locally, nationally, and internationally. Some foods require specific climates and growing conditions.
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Use image software to have students create their trigger images to make them more professional looking.
Continue the discussion by learning the impact food labels have on consumer choices using the lesson, Looking Under the Label.
Suggested Companion Resources
- Mapping Meals Activity (Activity)
- 40 Maps that Explain Food in America (Poster, Map, Infographic)
- Quiz: Can you name a food by looking at where it comes from? (Poster, Map, Infographic)
- Eat Happy Project video series (Multimedia)
- How Does it Grow? Video Series (Multimedia)
- Food Dialogues (Website)
Agricultural Literacy Outcomes
Food, Health, and Lifestyle
- Identify sources of agricultural products that provide food, fuel, clothing, shelter, medical, and other non-food products for their community, state, and/or nation (T3.6-8.i)
Education Content Standards
Economics Standard 1: Scarcity
ObjectiveIdentify what they gain and what they give up when they make choices.
Economics Standard 2: Decision Making
ObjectiveMake effective decisions as consumers, producers, savers, investors, and citizens.
Economics Standard 3: Allocation
ObjectiveEvaluate different methods of allocating goods and services, by comparing the benefits to the costs of each method.
Economics Standard 7: Markets and Prices
ObjectiveIdentify markets in which they have participated as a buyer and as a seller and describe how the interaction of all buyers and sellers influences prices. Also, predict how prices change when there is either a shortage or surplus of the product available.
Common Core Connections
Speaking and Listening: Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.5Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.6Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Writing: Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.