AIM: Students to see the food inequalities in the world 

MATERIALS: Pictures from Hungry planet (Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio ), Answer sheet with weekly spending on food by family (Find the pictures below)

JUNIOR CYCLE: Strand 1: Communicative competence, linked to 1.9, 1.10 and Strand 3: Socio-cultural knowledge and intercultural awareness, linked to LO 3.3, 3.7 

SENIOR CYCLEIII. Cultural Awareness, 1, 3, 5


Divide the class in small groups and give each of them two pictures from two different families. Ask them to compare the pictures in groups and to answer the following questions: 

  • Where do you think the family is from? 
  • How much do you think they paid for the food? 
  • Do they look healthy? Do they look hungry? 
  • Where do you think they got the food from? (from a supermarket, a local market, their plot…) 
  • What do you think their relationship with the land and the production of food is? 
  • What effects have what they eat in the environment? In other people’s life? 

En Español:

  •  ¿De qué país crees que es cada familia?
  •  ¿Cuánto crees que han gastado en la compra semanal?
  •  ¿Dónde crees que han comprado los alimentos?
  •  ¿Parece una familia sana?

Se piden a los alumnos que se fijen en los siguientes puntos:

  •  Impacto que pueda tener en el medio ambiente el consumo de esos productos. En particular, se invita a los alumnos a fijarse en la envoltura de muchos de los alimentosde algunas fotos
  •  El número de personas por familia comparándolo con la cantidad de productos
  •  La comida natural o procesada de la compra semanal, y el impacto que pueda tener en la familia

Through this activity, you should bring the students attention to: the number of people in each family comparing to the food they eat; the packaging used in their food; the amount of meat or vegetables; branded / non-branded food. 


  • Name the differences you see between the pictures in Spanish and practise your comparatives: En la foto 1 hay mas comida que en la foto 2; La comida de la foto 2 es más sana. 
  • Students can be asked the questions in Spanish. Depending on the level, they will have to answer simple questions such as: ¿De que paÍs es la familia? Cuántos miembros hay en la familia? ¿Cuánto crees que han pagado por la comida? ¿Dónde la han comprado? ¿Parecen sanos? 


Think of an action you can take individually to avoid food waste and consume products that are environmentally friendly.