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Teacher Resources

Lesson plans, online resources, and books about hunger & peace.

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At The Hunger Site, we hope to foster a culture of peace through education and awareness, as well as the simple act of feeding the hungry. You and our charitable partners are doing a big part of the work. When you click the Don't forget to click to help the hungry every day! button and see our sponsors' ads, funds are generated to distribute food to hungry people around the world.

But what of the future? With a good understanding of the world and a tolerance for unfamiliar cultures, our children can do even more to combat hunger and cultivate peace around the world.

Help students get involved.

We hope that students and teachers alike will find these lessons, created by our caring staff, exciting and useful. Please feel free to tailor them to your classroom's needs and spread the culture of peace to the next generation.

Lesson Plans (click to expand)

Below are a list of lesson plans that are unique to The Literacy Site, created by our caring staff. We hope that students and teachers alike will find these lessons exciting and useful. Feel free to tailor them to your classroom's needs, and spread hope, literacy, and awareness to the next generation.

It's Not What You Say (click to download)
    Subject: Language Arts & Communication
    Grade Level: Tailor to elementary or secondary

Heroes (click to download)
    Subject: Literature & Creative Writing
    Grade Level: Secondary

More Teacher Resources (click to expand)

The CIA World Factbook

A public resource that includes facts and statistics about countries all over the world.

Smithsonian Education

A rich collection of information for teachers and students. Be inspired by a wealth of innovative and deeply informative resources from multiple subject areas and grade levels. Perfect to explore at home or in the classroom.

Hunger: Finding Solutions

A sourcebook for middle and upper school teachers by Stephanie Kempf containing excellent resources on domestic and global hunger.

Drought, Nomads and the Price of Peanuts

Oxfam UK's classroom activity is an excellent resource on land use and trade.

Hunger in the World Curriculum

Explores various dimensions of world hunger developed by the Utah Education Network. Contains excellent readings, activities and approaches.

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

A World Without Hunger, created by World Food Day partners. Contains the lessons "What is Hunger and Who are the Hungry," "Why are People Hungry" and "What Can We Do to Help End Hunger".

Some Books About Hunger and Peace (click to expand)


(Reading Rainbow Book) (Fiction) Karen Lynn Williams, Illustrated by Catherine Stock. Mulberry Books, 1991. Ages 3-6.

Seven-year-old Kondi is determined to make a galimoto — a toy vehicle made of wires. His perseverance and the pleasure he takes in his accomplishment are just two of the delights of this appealing story set in Malawi.

One Round Moon and a Star for Me

(Fiction) Ingrid Mennen, Illustrated by Niki Daly. Orchard Books, 1994. Ages 4-8.

This tale of a young boy in rural Lesotho tells a universal story: a new baby is born, and a boy suddenly needs reassurance that his parents belong to him, too. This tale of love and family also shows a boy that feels a part of the place where he lives, connected to the land and the community.

The Greatest Table: A banquet to Fight Against World Hunger

(Fiction) Michael J. Rosen. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994. Ages 4-8.

This twelve-foot-long accordion book simply tells of food, community, and the responsibility we all share to bring those in need to join us at the greatest table, where all of humanity breaks bread and shares in the joys of food.

Gugu's House

(Fiction) Illustrated and written by Catherine Stock. Clarion Books, 2001. Ages 6-8.

This is a delightful tale about the relationship between a loving grandmother Gugu and her granddaughter Kukamba. This simple tale of renewal and wisdom captures the joys and challenges of traditional rural life in Zimbabwe.

A Girl Named Disaster

(Fiction) Nancy Farmer. Puffin, 1998. Ages 9-12.

An extraordinarily rich novel set in contemporary Mozambique and Zimbabwe and featuring a most remarkable Shona heroine who flees from her village and a planned marriage to a cruel stranger.

Do You Know Me

(Fiction) Nancy Farmer. Illustrated by Shelly Jackson. Orchard Books, 1993. Ages 9-12.

When nine-year-old Tapiwa's Uncle Zeka, who has lost everything, comes to the city to live with her family, she finds his baffling and unfamiliar country ways magnetic. The contrast between city life in modern Zimbabwe and traditional living in the bush is clearly illustrated. A glossary of Shona words is included.

Stories from Zambia

(Folktales) Brian Zanji. Grant Publishing, 2000. Middle School and Above.

Traditionally, storytelling was used to entertain, to educate and to explore the meaning of life. But in Zambia today, this tradition is dying out as people move to towns. In this collection, Brian Zanji shares seven traditional Zambian stories — some about people, some about animals and all of them magically told.

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

(Non-fiction) Alexandra Fuller. Random House, 2001. High School and Above.

This is a classic tale of the delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood. The family constantly sets up house in hostile, desolate environments as they move from Rhodesia to Zambia to Malawi and back to Zambia. Fuller's affection reveals their humanity and allows the reader direct entry into her world.

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