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Activity teacher notes 3.12

3.12 Rice for a day

Levels: UP, S, SS
Focus curriculum areas: Society and history
Supporting curriculum area: Health and well being
Key concepts: Healthy eating, Global diets

investigating food

Understanding goals

  • For students to appreciate first hand what it is like to eat simple food.
  • To be aware of the huge diversity of food we have available to us in Australia. It involves a day at school where they just eat rice and drink water for morning tea and lunch. Students may wish to donate their lunch money to a charity.

Please note: This activity may not be suitable for diabetic children, as rice has a high glycaemic index. You will need agreement from parents for students to take part.


Discuss and list on the board the different foods you ate yesterday. Divide them up based on food groups and/or breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discuss what makes a healthy diet.

You will need

A rice cooker and or enough cooked rice for the class.

  1. Students can eat a cup of rice for morning tea and a bowl of rice for lunch. (You may want to have soy sauce for an addition at lunch-time.)
  2. After lunch discuss how you feel.
  3. Research which countries have the lowest nutrition.
  4. In pairs discuss some of the reasons why many people around the world are starving.
  5. Discuss starvation with the whole class.
  6. Write half a page on what the word "survival" now means to you.
  7. To involve measurement skills, weigh a cup of cooked rice as a standard measurement. Calculate how much each student eats.
  8. Investigate and list bush foods available in Tasmania. Include plants.
  9. How long do you think you would manage surviving on bush foods? Think about the quantity of food you eat each day. (You could try weighing your food before you eat it!) Think about food values and what protein you would eat.

Going further

Investigate the various diets around the world.