In this clip, Ben and his friend Leck earn money by selling the food that they catch and harvest from the surrounding area. In a time before grocery stores, food was often sold by local suppliers straight to the kitchen door.
- Ask students to research where food from the mid-19th century (Ben and Leck's time) was bought, grown or manufactured. The clip shows the boys collecting eggs from birds' nests in neighbouring bushland.
- As a class, discuss the origins of food we eat today. Ask students to consider how the food they regularly eat is grown, manufactured, bought and packaged.
- Discuss with students how some foods had not been invented in Ben's era or were unavailable in Australia at that time. Draw up a list of foods that existed in both eras, and a list of foods that are available today but were not available in the 1850s.
Introduce the concept of mapping by showing students maps from the My Place storybook. Ask students to create a map of where Ben and Leck live, including the surrounding area where they go fishing and hunt for eggs. Students should make a comparison map of their own homes and surrounding areas. Ask students to include in these maps the places where their family shops for food. Ask students to investigate whether any of the food they eat is grown or manufactured in their local area, and to include this on their maps. As a class, students can discuss how the two maps compare and where most of their food comes from today.
- Alternatively, students could create a web page looking at what types of food are edible in their local area. Or look at the labels of foods brought from home and identify those with ingredients grown and made in Australia.
- As an extension activity, students could view the following web pages showing the weekly diet of different families from around the world. Ask students to reflect on where these different families source their food. Ask the students to consider why some of these family diets have more in common with the food from Ben's era than with modern Australia.
- The following websites may be useful:
Time, 'What the world eats Part 1', http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html
Time, 'What the world eats Part 2', http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1645016,00.html
Student Activity Sheet H.16.3 Regular boy