Discussion on Organic
Grade Level: 
In this lesson, students explore their pre-existing associations with the word organic. This lesson extends on the conversations from the lesson, What is Organic?. Students will map and discuss their thoughts, as well as the various influences that make up their understanding of organic.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 
  • Explore and discuss their understanding of what organic is and what it represents to them.
  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas, and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Teaching Notes: 
  • This lesson proposes a set of words to draw out the associations students make between those terms and organic. Alternatively, you could identify common terms that came up in the What is Organic? discussion. If you want your class to generate their own list of words, use the Mapping Associations Worksheet.
  • We suggest modeling how to use the worksheet for your students.
  • In the “WRITE” section of this lesson, we direct students to use one of the Mapping Associations Worksheets (prefilled or blank). We suggest having students first fill out the sheet themselves, and then leading students through a discussion based on their responses. A great way to begin the discussion is to have students write down 1-2 associations onto post-its that they then stick on chart paper. You can then share what students wrote or invite students to do a Gallery Walk.
  • This lesson emphasizes open discussion. For tips, suggestions, and resources on leading open discussions please see our resources: Facilitating Open Discussions and Mindsets for Open Discussions.
  • The “READ” and “DISCUSS” sections of this lesson plan can be used as talking points or as a script to introduce activities.
  • This lesson is part of Edible Schoolyard Project’s Understanding Organic curriculum and is the fifth lesson in the “core lessons” of the curriculum.