Food, Farms and the Future Livestream Special offers classrooms a convenient, online-accessible option for experiencing educational theatre. This 45-minute show 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 sketches featuring a variety of characters in professionally filmed scenes.
Scene 1: 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, 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.
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.
Scene 3: “Extreme farmers” Henry and Gale host a web series called Farm 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-and-white ‘30s film. The Gale brothers yank Mickey and Judy through a rapid-fire series of locations, from studio sets to outdoors to green screens. Mickey and Judy quickly learn that barns and farms aren’t for hokey shows anymore – they are sustainability-focused facilities that produce food for us all.
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.