Home Works Elementary Education Distance Learning Curriculum

Developed by Molly W.

Edited by Miranda C.

Essential Question

What are the producers in our favorite meal products? 

Background Knowledge

Students should understand that a producer is someone who makes a product or good and a consumer is someone that consumes or uses the product or good created through production.


  • Writing utensil
  • Paper

Safety Protocol

Students should ask parents/guardians for permission before completing this activity.

Activity Procedures

It is your special day!

Step 1: Decide on a dream celebration you want to have. It can be an accomplishment, honor roll, perfect attendance, or any event that is special and you believe deserves a celebration.  

Where are the items that we are consuming produced?

Step 2: At your celebration, you get to have your favorite meal/food. What is it? Decide what is a “must-have” at the celebration before going to the next step.  

Can products be produced other than the main place of production?

Step 3: Make a detailed grocery list of what is going to be needed for the meal. Think about the ingredients if your meal must be homemade. If you are purchasing the meal pre-made, write on your list the ingredients that would be included in that. (Please have at least 10 items on your grocery list).

Step 4: Now that your grocery list is made, where are the items being produced before coming to the store? On another sheet of paper, draw a t-chart with two sections. Label one section, “farm production” and the other, “factory production.” (See example below). Think about if each grocery item was made on a farm or in a factory. Place the items on your grocery list on either side of the t-chart, depending on where they were produced. An example t-chart is listed below.

Farm ProductionFactory Production

Step 5: Once you have finished with the activity, think about if the product could be made elsewhere. If it could, then write underneath your chart where that product could be produced. For example, think about apple juice. Apples are produced at an orchard on a farm. Then, the apples are made into apple juice in a factory.  When we consider the process it takes for a product to be made, it really helps us appreciate the entire process!

Step 6: With parent/guardian permission, share the results of your activity on social media using #AUHomeWorks!

Last modified: January 20, 2021