Food, Farms and the Future Livestream Special is a brand new program that offers classrooms a convenient, online-accessible option for experiencing educational theatre.
This 45-minute show brought to you on behalf of the National Pork Board presents a virtual lesson in farm science, nutrition and environmental stewardship for grades 6-8. Through an interactive web platform, a live host will introduce entertaining improv sketches featuring a variety of characters in professionally filmed scenes from our live theatrical productions – and guide classrooms to participate in a discussion on farm science, nutrition and environmental stewardship.
Scene 1: Food is Fuel – As a little boy, Mikey was the kid who hated everything. Now he’s older but he still manages to hate everything – that is, everything but Sweet-Wheat cereal! One morning at breakfast, as his mom is trying to get him fed and off to school, Mikey is shocked when the Wizard of Sweet Wheat jumps off of the cereal box and confronts Mikey about his eating habits. The Wizard takes Mikey on a magical journey through the nutrients found in foods, the human body, and even through time to meet his future adult self, to see the results of his childhood choices. Mikey learns enough to at least consider switching up his choices of food-fuel that he eats each day.
Scene 2: It’s the first day of science class and much to the shock of his students, Mr. Washington announces that they will jump right in with dissection! His students fearfully pull back the cloths covering their subject matter, expecting to find frogs. Instead? Their most recent meals. Mr. Washington helps his students “dissect their meals,” discovering how the real foods they encounter at the grocery store have been raised and grown. By the end of the lesson, the students have “dissected” fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.
Scene 3: “Extreme farmers” Henry and Henry Gale host a web series called Gale Force, an in-your-face exploration of modern farming and farm science. In this episode, Not Your Grandma’s Farm, the brothers meet Mickey and Judy, two perpetually peppy kids from a black & white ‘30s film, who just want to put on a show in the barn. The Gale brothers yank Mickey and Judy through a rapid-fire series of locations, jumping from studio action to outdoor action to green screen action. Although Mickey and Judy remain in old-fashioned black and white throughout their technicolor Gale Force experience, they quickly learn that barns and farms aren’t for hokey shows anymore. They are sustainability-focused facilities that produce food for us all. Farms are also viable options for a variety of STEM-related careers.
Students and teachers will also have access to a Q&A with the host, and an exclusive e-learning package that includes games, quizzes and lesson plans for the classroom that reinforce concepts from the show. Additionally, the program challenges your students (and staff) to make nutritious food choices for every meal and to strive to be dedicated environmental stewards of our planet.