I recently ran across a very cool book that seems like a perfect tool for world geography teachers. Pretty sure we could use it in a variety of other content areas (especially economics) but I saw this and my mind went immediately to some cool compare and contrast conversations about world regions.
Titled Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel, the book highlights the differences in diet of families from around the world. The book jacket:
On the banks of Mali’s Niger River, Soumana Natomo and his family gather for a communal dinner of millet porridge with tamarind juice. In the USA, the Ronayne-Caven family enjoys corndogs-on-a-stick with a tossed green salad. This age-old practice of sitting down to a family meal is undergoing unprecedented change as rising world affluence and trade, along with the spread of global food conglomerates, transform diets worldwide. In Hungry Planet, the creative team presents a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week.
Each family’s profile includes a detailed description of their living conditions, food security, and diet.
This is the same guy who wrote the very cool book Material World: A Global Family Portrait. Together the two books could provide weeks, maybe months, of useful lessons.
To get you thinking about possible lesson ideas, take a look at the following examples. Using either the Kansas state standards or you own local curriculum, think about this:
How might you use these images and the basic data included to develop a world geography lesson?
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55 US
North Carolina, United States
Food expenditure for one week $341.98 US
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11 US
Breidjing Camp, Chad
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23 US
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27 US
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07 US
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09 US
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53 US
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03 US
What do you got?