FoodPrints Curriculum

Garden and Kitchen Inventions


Food History & Technology

Standards Alignment:

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

5th Grade


Winter / January


The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore the role of inventions and innovations in the garden and kitchen.  Students will design their own invention after carefully observing the innovative features of tools in their kitchen classroom and school garden. They will also explore biomimicry and look at examples of inventions that were inspired by nature. This lesson supports the 5th Grade DCPS ELA Unit The Process of Discovery and the Development of Inventions.

Big Idea

Inventions and innovations help make tasks more efficient.

Guiding Questions

Why are innovations in gardening and food preparation so impactful?
How can nature be a source for inventions?