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  • Climate Action
  • Sustainability


  • Critical Thinking
  • Data Analysis

Regional Focus

  • Global

Food Waste Quiz

Author: ClimateScience
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Subjects: Science, Earth Sciences, English Language Arts
Format: PDF
Resource Types:
  • Worksheet
  • Data
  • This food waste worksheet and answer key includes an article that the students must read prior to answering the questions. 
  • Students will learn about the environmental impacts of food waste, the different types of food waste, and what can be done to reduce all food waste globally. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students will learn about a driver of climate emissions that they can reduce immediately in their own homes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This worksheet uses the International System of Units (SI), so students should be familiar with the metric system.
  • Students should know how to read a graph.


  • Aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2, 11, and 12 (linked on the webpage).
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with social studies classes when discussing solutions to climate change that can directly benefit people and provide sustainable options for our growing population.
  • Math classes could use the data provided to explore food waste per household or per country. Math classes could also work on converting units of measurement.
  • Other resources related to this topic include: Food and FarmingFood Waste: Problems and Solutions, Garden Lesson Plan, Fighting Food Waste Means Fighting Climate Change, and Food Waste.
Scientist Notes
The resource explores the differences in food waste and food loss and provide insights on the food supply chain. However, low-income communities have a greater proportion of food loss than developed economies. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Writing
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1.b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.


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