School Food System + Workshop Update

Learning Objectives

  • Critically reflect on systemic and disciplinary ways knowing
  • Characterize and describe complex issues in land and food systems through systems models.
  • Collaborate effectively and professionally as members of a multicultural, interdisciplinary community of learners.
  • Apply basic critical thinking and communication skills


  • This is a collaborative group assignment consisting of the following:
  • Diagram of your school food system and a 1-2 page description of key interactions within the diagram.
  • Your food literacy workshop lesson plan
  • 1-2 page reflection on the workshop outcomes
  • Combine all sections into one file for submission on Canvas and Turnitin (unless using PPT to make diagram - see instructions below)

This assignment is based on material presented in lectures, your work in tutorial on your food literacy workshop, your visits to your school, your experiences during the food literacy workshop, and feedback from your teacher.

DIAGRAM Requirements

You should collaboratively design this diagram with your team using or PowerPoint. To Set up and Submit a PowerPoint:

  • Go to Page Set Up in the “File” icon and select “Custom” in the “Slides sized for” box. Set your parameters to 48 inches wide x 36 inches high. Use the text box icon to create text boxes for the poster title, authorship, and various sections of text and diagrams within the diagram. You will create a single “slide” that is 48 x 36 with a number of text and diagram boxes within that particular slide. That file [Group_X_SchoolFoodSystem_Diagram] should be posted in the School Food System Diagram section of LFS 250 Canvas assignment site.
  • Submit Part 2 of the diagram with your lesson plan and group reflection as one word document.

Report Parts

Part 1: Diagram

Part 1: School Food System Model Development

1. Create a system diagram of your school that depicts the following:

  • Placing the school as the central level, indicate the internal components of the school food systems as well as the ways in which the school food system interacts with the broader regional and provincial food system.

2. Inputs/Outputs, Interactions + Relationships

  • Using arrows (and labelled with numbers, for Part 2), show the interactions and relationships between the components included in your diagram and the inputs and outputs that enter and leave the school food system

Part 2: Description of Key Interactions

1. Briefly describe your school

  • Name
  • Location in Vancouver (which area/neighbourhood)
  • Key demographics of the area
  • Any unique characteristics of the school (e.g. Earth School, French Immersion, Mandarin Immersion)
  • Characteristics of the class/group with whom you worked

2. What are the goals of your school food system? Write out in point form, What, How, and Why?

  • Briefly describe 10 key interactions in your system diagram (in 2-3 sentences per interaction)

Part 3: Food Literacy Workshop Lesson Plan

  • Using the template on Canvas, create a 2-3 page lesson plan describing your workshop, including
  1. Grade level and subject(s) connections
  2. Materials required
  3. Detailed description of learning objectives, introduction, body of lesson, and conclusion (with time allocation)
  4. Pre- and post-workshop activities and supplemental materials and resources

Part 4: Post workshop Reflections

In 1-2 pages, answer the following:

  • What went well in your workshop? Why?
  • If you were to do the workshop again, what would you change? Why?

Be specific and use evidence from your teacher and your group's experiences to support your claims.