The Complex Causes of Famine

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    What is famine and why do famines happen? Using class discussion, a radio story, and an interactive timeline, students will investigate the complex causes of famines, both in modern times and throughout history.


    Social Studies

    Grade Level:


    Estimated Time:

    35-50 minutes

    Materials Needed:

    Student handout


    • Students will be able to define famine.
    • Students will explore some of the different factors that either contribute to the severity of famines or mitigate them.
    • Students will learn about different famines throughout history and discuss the similarities and differences in the causes.

    Concepts Covered:

    Famine, cause and effect, international aid, collectivization


    Susan Dodge, M.S. Ed for Creative Curriculum