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Meals and Muppets

School: High Tech Middle Chula Vista

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 7

Format(s): Video

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology

Project Overview

In this interdisciplinary project, 7th-grade students looked at the essential question: “Should I eat that?” Inspired by student voices criticizing our school’s lunch program, students dove deeply into a holistic investigation about the food we eat. Their voices were clear, they wanted to create a product that would have lasting value and impact. Students read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, watched various documentaries, and explored the nutritional values and science behind the everyday food they were consuming. Using the magic of the Maker movement through muppet building and filmmaking, our students transformed their learning about food justice, urban farming, and making healthy food choices into a professionally produced movie, using muppets as a way to engage kindergarten students at neighboring school High Tech Elementary.


How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Beautiful example of students combining arts, humanities, and science to create an authentic, joyful product (compelling movie)
  • Excellent example of craftsmanship as each muppet has been created with great attention to detail and with accuracy (as evidenced in the Process Video)
  • Complex project that explores a relevant and important topic in the lives of all humans: “Should I eat that?”

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