Classroom Resources

The Classroom Teacher, spring 2014

If you want to do something to end childhood hunger, why not make it a classroom effort that will also provide valuable learning opportunities for your students? “A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging a New Generation of Anti-Hunger Leaders” can provide ideas and inspiration. This free, 32-page resource was developed to help kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers and their students take action against childhood hunger.

A Semester of Service

The guide, produced by the Sodexo Foundation and YSA (Youth Service America), highlights the strategies of K-12 teachers who used Semester of Service to engage their students in service and learning activities between 2010 and 2013.

Semester of Service is a framework designed to be embedded into a teacher’s own classroom curriculum over the course of a semester — at least 70 hours spanning 12 to 14 weeks. The service-learning model, called IPARD/C, includes five stages of program development and implementation:

  1. investigation
  2. preparation and planning
  3. action
  4. reflection
  5. demonstration/celebration

Students help plan and work through each stage to lead projects that address a community need. In doing so, they have opportunities to practice specific career and workforce readiness skills: critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, and collaboration.

Austin’s Elsa England Elementary

The guide shows how Semester of Service programs, which all share the IPARD/C model, can look very different from school to school but each make an impact as students learn new skills. Each school’s case study lists which academic standards their programs covered and details the activities students engaged in as they went through IPARD/C.

One of the featured schools is Elsa England Elementary in Austin, Texas. There, Rachael Brunson’s third-grade class identified and researched questions about childhood hunger and the problem in their own community, organized a fundraiser for the local food bank, created reflection videos, and wrote persuasive letters about hunger in their community to President Obama.

They also learned about the legislative process as they successfully lobbied the 2013 Texas Legislature to pass the “breakfast bill,” which requires campuses that participate in the national school breakfast program to offer a free breakfast to all students. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Eddie Lucio, recognized the students for their efforts.

Getting the guide

Download “A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging a New Generation of Anti-Hunger Leaders."

Find more online service-learning resources.