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Who Ate It First?

Jennifer Collier


Students learn about different foods that are native to the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and the changes in world eating habits that resulted from the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.


The student understands past and present trends in human migration and cultural interaction and their impact on physical and human systems.

The student understands the relationships between resources and the exploration, colonization, and settlement of different regions of the world.


--Seeds of Change- worksheet
--Seeds of Change- website
-Internet accessible computer
-Cookbooks (optional)


1. Bookmark the SEEDS OF CHANGE website.

2. Run off copies of -Seeds of Change- worksheet.

3. Collect cookbooks for students to use during recipe portion of lesson.


1. Individually, students answer questions on -Seeds of Change- worksheet, using the SEEDS OF CHANGE website. The -reading- referred to is also found on the website. They also make a list of foods that are native to each of the hemispheres which will be used in step two.

2. In a group (3-5 persons), students compile a list of recipes for a meal that could have only been made after the era of Atlantic exploration (i.e., combining foods native to each hemisphere).


Check of completed worksheet, with at least 85% of the answers correct.

Web Links

Web supplement for Who Ate It First?
Food Exploration

Web supplement for Who Ate It First?
Food History

Attached Files

This is the worksheet that the students do using the website.     File Extension: pdf

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