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Meatless Mondays

Author: Climate Generation
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth Science, Economics, Math, Art, Justice, Health, Climate Action
Resource Type:
  • Project
Synopsis
  • This web page provides guidance on starting a Meatless Mondays program where students can: 
    • Learn about the impacts of meat production and the benefits of including more plants in their diets.
    • Engage with their peers and take actionable steps to reduce their carbon and water footprints.
    • Present their findings and create posters or videos to encourage school-wide participation.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource provides easy-to-follow instructions and links to another Meatless Monday resource.
  • It is a school-wide initiative but could be enacted at home.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some knowledge about the impacts of agriculture on global land use, deforestation, fresh water ecosystems, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Differentiation

  • This activity can be completed by individual students, as a class, or in groups. 
  • Cross-curricular connections to art, language arts, and math could be included with posters, presentations, or announcements about the project and/or to calculate the reduction in carbon emissions achieved.
  • This project may be limited to encouraging students to choose vegetarian options on Mondays vs. having only meatless choices available in the cafeteria, depending on the school.
Scientist Notes

Meat consumption accounts for about 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The resource is suitable to guide students to take action by reducing meat consumption. Hence, it is recommended.

Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 3: Developing Claims and Using Evidence
      • D3.3.6-8 Identify evidence that draws information from multiple sources to support claims, noting evidentiary limitations.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.3.3-5 Identify evidence that draws information from multiple sources in response to compelling questions.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Language
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.3.a Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.*

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