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Food Systems and Sustainability Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will understand the concept of food systems and sustainability by creating animated gifs using Brush Ninja to showcase different aspects of a sustainable food system.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access for each student or group
  • Access to Brush Ninja
  • Paper and pencils for brainstorming ideas



  • Begin by asking students what they know about where their food comes from.
  • Discuss the concept of a food system and explain that it includes all the steps involved in producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food.
  • Introduce the idea of sustainable food systems, which are designed to minimize negative impacts on the environment while also providing healthy and accessible food for everyone.


  • Have students work individually or in small groups to brainstorm different aspects of a sustainable food system.
  • Encourage them to think about topics such as organic farming, locally sourced produce, reducing waste, composting, urban gardening, etc.
  • Provide paper and pencils for students to write down their ideas.

Animated Gif Creation using Brush Ninja

  • Instruct students to open Brush Ninja on their computers or tablets.
  • Demonstrate how to use the tool by creating a simple animated gif related to one aspect of a sustainable food system.
  • Show students how to add frames, draw objects using different colors and shapes available in Brush Ninja’s library, and create simple animations by moving objects across frames.
  • Allow students time to create their own animated gifs based on their brainstormed ideas.

Presentation and Discussion

  • Have each student or group present their animated gif creations to the class.
  • As each animation is shown, ask the creator(s) to explain which aspect of a sustainable food system it represents and why they chose that particular idea.
  • Facilitate a class discussion about the importance of sustainable food systems and how these ideas can be implemented in everyday life.


  • Observe students’ engagement and participation during the brainstorming session.
  • Evaluate the creativity and understanding displayed in their animated gif creations.
  • Assess students’ ability to explain the connection between their animated gifs and sustainable food systems during the presentation and discussion.


  • Encourage students to create additional animated gifs at home using Brush Ninja to explore other aspects of sustainable food systems or related topics, such as biodiversity, renewable energy, or waste reduction.
  • Have students research real-world examples of sustainable food systems and write short reports or create presentations showcasing their findings.
  • Discuss with students how they can apply the concepts of sustainability to their own eating habits and encourage them to make small changes towards more sustainable choices.

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