Secondary lesson plans

The lesson plans and accompanying materials below can be used to help engage students in Meat Free Monday.

Project objectives

Students will learn the following:

  • That reducing one’s meat intake has a positive effect on people and planet
  • How to be more responsible global citizens
  • Where to find and how to prepare healthy meat free food

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Title Curriculum Areas Lesson Plans Additional Materials

Measuring Meat Free Monday

A series of mathematical activities involving proportion and conversion between different units of measure. These introduce MFM and, by working through the relevant calculations, encourage students to explore the facts in the MFM documentary short ‘One Day a Week’ for themselves.

  • Maths
  • Citizenship
Measuring Meat Free Monday Measuring Meat Free Monday (sources) 

One Day a Week (film)

Meat Free Monday Rhyme

Students listen to a Meat Free Monday rhyme, which can be used to kick off the project and get them thinking.

  • Assembly
  • Citizenship
  • English
Meat Free Monday Rhyme

The Restaurant

Students research, plan, design and market their very own meat free restaurant through an engaging social enterprise project.

  • Business and Information Studies
  • ICT
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Maths
  • Food Technology
The Restaurant ­

Feed the World

With the world’s population increasing by the day, students explore how our resources can best be used to ensure that everyone is fed.

  • Citizenship
  • Geography
  • English
  • Science
Feed the World Feast or Famine: Meat Production and World Hunger by Mark Hawthorne (student handout)

Meat on Trial

“Meat” is put on trial. Divided into the prosecution and the defence, students research the health implications of eating meat and the advantages of a meat free diet. The jury must decide!

  • English
  • Science
  • Citizenship
Meat on Trial Meat on Trial ­(student handout)

How Burgers Are Damaging the World

Students explore the environmental impact of the meat industry through a quiz and create an informational leaflet for the public.

  • Science
  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Geography
  • ICT
How Burgers Are Damaging the World 20 Questions – An Environmental Quiz (teacher sheet)

Meet Your Meat

Students explore how humans’ feelings and needs are similar to those of other living beings, describe how animals confined to factory farms and transported to slaughterhouses might feel and debate whether humans can justify eating other animals.

  • Citizenship
  • Science
  • English
Meet Your Meat Meet Your Meat  ­(student handout)

A Future Without Fish

Students learn why fish should be avoided on Meat Free Mondays, by exploring the environmental impact of commercial fishing and aquaculture.

  • English
  • Science
  • Citizenship
A Future Without Fish Friendly Planet (student worksheet)

A Future Without Fish – Recipe Demo (teacher sheet)

Food From Around the World

Students explore how certain foods are grown and processed around the world and follow this up by preparing two simple global dishes – cinque e cinque and guacamole – in an engaging workshop.

  • Citizenship
  • Geography
  • Food Technology
  • ICT
Food from Around the World Food from Around the World ­- Recipe Demo (teacher sheet)

Meat Free Monday Through Music

Students use music to express their thoughts about Meat Free Monday.

  • Music
  • English
  • Citizenship
Meat Free Monday Through Music Meat Free Monday Through Music Song Lyrics (student handout)

Meat Free Monday Through Music – Blues Handout (student worksheet)

Meat Free Monday by Paul McCartney (song)

Meat Free Monday Crossword

Students learn about the aims of Meat Free Monday through an interesting and challenging crossword puzzle. They go on to create their own crosswords using spreadsheets.

  • English
  • ICT
  • Maths
Meat Free Monday Crossword ­ Meat Free Monday Crossword Calculators  ­(student handout)

Meat Free Monday Crossword Puzzle (student worksheet)