T4L Loves Food and Farming
About T4L Kids magazine
T4L Kids magazine is developed by the Department of Education NSW Technology 4 Learning (T4L) team. You will find the NSW curriculum links at the bottom of these teachers' notes.
Generally aimed at students in years 4 - 8, the depth and expectations around the outcomes can be modified. We outline NSW curriculum outcomes here in the teachers’ notes. This is edition #13 and you will find all other T4L Magazines here.
Pages 2 - 3
This edition of the magazine celebrates the launch of the stem.T4L Aeroponics Kit. The magazine itself lives here.
If you want to get some plant action happening in your classroom, here are two very easy and satisfying ways to chart the growth of plants. The science syllabus outcomes are listed below.
The first is simply cutting up an old tomato into slices and putting it in to some potting mix.
This is an American video so uses imperial measurement units. It is a good opportunity to discuss and compare these to highlight that not everyone measures using the same units.
What are the other global measurement units?
e.g. Height ? Feet? cm? List and compare.
When did Australia change its units of measurement? How and why?
Did you know Australia has an official 'Style Manual' and measurement is part of that?
Underpinning the professor's work are some concepts that your students certainly can get their heads around.
Asking your students:
Let's look at the concepts behind the sandwich 'programming'.
Robots aren't as clever as us, they are getting smarter. Ask students if they have heard of Artificial intelligence (AI)?
The dad is thinking like a robot and the kids are the programmers. Robots, through the computers that run them, need humans to input instructions, ALL instructions. The robots then output the actions.
It is exactly what happens when you code or program a computer.
Activity: Your students can kick start their coding experience even if there is no 'gear' available - you just need internet connection.
Go to the T4L Kids TV Page
Navigate to the
Start Coding – Create code with Minecraft Education Edition, CS First and Apple Swift Playgrounds and choose the technology to give your students the experience of coding.
Discuss the input, output, debug and algorithm terminology and computational thinking.
Pages 4 - 5
Taking your passion to the next level
Do you any of your students have an interest in cooking? We have presented here some steps to consider to make it a career for them.
What makes a 'Celebrity Chef'?
Kylie Kwong is one of Australia's best known 'Celebrity Chefs'. As a celebrity chef, she requires not only exceptional culinary skills but also strong business knowledge, marketing skills and a strong personal brand.
Challenge #4 below - creating a class cookbook and each student will have an opportunity to create a little bit of themselves in their recipe.
Focussing on marketing skills and a strong personal brand.
This has a strong message and connection to
'Safe and Responsible use of Technology' and presenting a positive online first impression -
thinking about how you want others to see you online.
Kylie uses her Chinese heritage and her love of native bush and organic foods as part of her personal brand.
She tells a very personal story and presents her passion and values to her audience through the images and design of her website. https://www.luckykwong.com.au/
Curtis Stone is another Celebrity Chef who might have missed opportunity with his https://www.curtisstone.com/ (You might want to get your kids to redesign this for him!)
Looking at these images:
What can your students tell about the personal brand of each of these chefs?
Can you create a webpage design to host your recipe?
Design a set for a recipe recording or create a mood board with the style for your personal brand for Challenge #4.
Digging Deeper into astronomy
What is the influence of the planets on our world?
Questions to get your students to answer on a Jamboard - 1 slide each
What others do students have?
How are our oceans affected by the moon?
How do seasons occur?
Why are the planets and skies different in the northern hemisphere compared to here in Australia (southern sky)
We have the Southern cross on our flag. What is it, why has it become symbolic?
Uncle Bill Yidumduma Harney describes the planets moving across the sky as ancestral beings walking along a road.
6. How did the planets and stars assist first Nations Peoples' farming?
Using these links, develop questions for the Jamboard or even a summary of what they found out.
Pages 6 - 7
Here is a simple activity to try out with your class.
Get your kids to bring in something 'everyday' and something exotic.
Or set your students off to help with their family shopping at the supermarket or even check out online supermarkets like Coles, Safeway and Aldi or their local IGA.
You may need to dig deep to see where the produce has come from, but can you make a list of items and their source location?
Use the foodmiles calculator to see the distance the ingredients have travelled for some common recipes.
Use the T4L Kids data edition to get some ideas in the best ways to create and share your data.
Can you make your recipe more sustainable?
Does this affect the price?
If so, why do you think that is the case?
What decisions do families have to make?
What can you learn from these?
We have shown Molly and 'Straws no more' before
It has been an effective campaign - How do we know? How was it measured?
A simple task anyone can do.
Why? What are the benefits and strategies?
Use the OZ Harvest resources to see what they do and how you can reduce waste in your home/ school.
An infographic is a purposeful way to communicate complex ideas and statistics in short and concise ways.
When you create your campaign in Canva infographics see if you can halve the words you use and present it with images/ graphs and other visuals.
Pages 8 - 9
In order to reduce your food wastage, you first have to be able to measure and compare the data you collect throughout the challenge.
Get ideas from the Dynamic Data issue of T4L Kids issue #6
Learn how to create a useful infographic (magazine issue #6)
Some simple measures in your classroom are to look at student lunches.
If there are lots of leftovers, could students pack less or add notes in their own lunchboxes to alert by sending a note to the maker of the lunch as to why they are throwing out their food e.g. I don't like peanut butter or it is just too big a portion.
Another simple idea is to allow students to eat fresh fruit and vegetables in class with water.
Does this reduce waste but inspire healthy eating throughout the day?
Ladybird - original robot
RIPPA was used operationally
Digital Farmhand used by small-holder farmers
SwagBot was built for the cattle industry.
If you don't have a Micro:bit
This Minecraft Edu world is downloadable and supports students to gain knowledge:
of the role of modern vehicles in tilling, planting and harvesting processes.
skills and experience to understand the basics of crop farming, from soil preparation and fertilisation, to planting and harvesting, and
understanding of how weather, climate, soil, and water all play key roles in the growth of healthy crops.
Picking up from the activity on this teacher guide (page 3) with the peanut butter sandwich and taking the idea of design thinking and coding a step further.
Why not make this part of your schools own
Hour of Code for 2023?
Full resources and a certificate are available on the stem.T4L Learning Library - Coding page
Science in farming is underway not only with technology but also with the work in a lab where the modification of the very plants we grow is underway.
Genetic modification is a process with a long history of ethical debate. It could be an interesting study for older students with not only exploring the impacts but also the ethics.
What are the pros and cons around this science?
Pages 10 - 11
Real World Experience
Romilly Newman was 12 when she started her food blog. She offered others advice here
Many years later she has made it her career and was even interviewed by Oprah http://www.romillynewman.com/recipes
Diva, as shown in the mag, is doing her own cooking show.
Kick starting the idea
A great tool for students to create their own page of recipes is Sway
They can login with their email address and details to create their own.
Sway operates like a toolbelt for any images, words or videos they might want to create.
Hot Tip: If students are recording recipes at home, you would need to have parental permission to show any personal information.
e.g. images voices etc.
Some parents will be OK others not so.
To keep the cookbook consistent, why not get the recordings to show only hands, ingredients and add the text after using a tool like WeVideo or iMovie (Apple)
See example here and below with the chocolate Syrup recipe.
Photos as a sequence can do exactly the same thing using a 'Stack' in Sway would be ideal to show the sequence of steps.
Watch this episode of T4L Kids TV to get started with:
You could get your students to create a shared Google Site, individual Google site OR a combination where the students each made a Sway and you joined them together on the Google site via links.
A great way to link back with the peanut butter video - What is shown in the video? And what information needs to be added as text to provide the full instructions or procedures for your audience?
The processes above with the creation of an instructional resource leads to a whole English writing genre - Procedural Text.
The Green Thumb page could be a way for your class to take the technology examples in the Recipe book and give it another context.
Mathematics Syllabus Outcomes
The NSW Mathematics Syllabus Outcomes - Statistics and Probability
The objective is for students to build the knowledge and skills to collect, represent, analyse, interpret and evaluate data, assign and use probabilities, and make sound judgements.
Challenge activities involving the collection, interpretation and presentation of data may address that a student: