This hands-on activity helps students understand that before an item ever leaves a factory, or enters a store, it began as a resource or product in the natural world - most likely agriculture. For grades K-3, pair this activity with the Eric Carle book Pancakes, Pancakes!, available from AITC’s Free Loan Library.
You will need a 25-30 foot long space to run the relay. Hallways, gym or outside works best.
Divide students into two teams (red and blue to match the cards). Each team gets a set of food cards and bags labeled Earth, Farm, Store and Factory.
Place a set of bags about 30 feet away from the starting line. Teams should be formed into two lines (pic shows race with buckets) at the starting line, facing the bags.
For grades with limited reading ability, review the food cards with your students before running the relay.
Point out that each card has a picture and words to figure out what it is.