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Food Investigation

Get the recipe of your favorite family food and find out what herbs and spices it contains. On a map, find the countries that produce those herbs and spices. Do some investigating to find out more about these countries. What kind of climates do these places have? Could you grow the same spices where you live? Why or why not?

Photo of a pantry.

Map Your Products

Inventory your kitchen cupboards and note where each product was made. Use a blank outline map of the world to mark the country in which each product originated. Do most of your products come from one region of the world? If so, why do you think that is true? Which products came from farthest away?

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Family Tree

Research your family tree and create a family flag that symbolizes past and present characteristics of your family.

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Plant Experiment

Grow two of the same plant in different pots. Use fertilizer and plant food for one plant. Compare the plants' growth. Make sure the sunlight and watering conditions are the same. Keep a journal to record the dates, sunlight, amount of fertilizer, and growth measurements.

Picture of a plant sprouting.

Investigate How Microorganisms Affect Plant Growth

Take two soil samples from the same plot and bake one of the samples in the oven to destroy microorganisms. Label two pots and plant the same type of seeds in each soil sample. Make sure other conditions are the same and record the seeds' growth over time.

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Wildlife Migrations

Research the kinds of wildlife that migrate in your area. Map their migration paths.

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Create a Recipe

Use locally grown foods. Try not to include anything that wasn't produced in your area. Try out the recipe. How does it taste? Write down the recipe, including information about how and where each product was grown.

Check Labels

Check the labels of your clothing and your family members' clothing to see where it was made. Use a blank outline map of the world to mark the country in which each piece of clothing was made. Do most of your clothes come from one region of the world? If so, why do you think that is true? Which clothes came from farthest away? You can also do this investigation using the online Global Closet Calculator.

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