The History of Food Trucks


Students will be able to understand the basics of the history and evolution of food trucks. This is part 1 of 4 lessons for a project designing a food truck.


This lesson is the first lesson out of four lessons for a cumulative project of designing a food truck. They will demonstrate their understanding by designing and creating a model paper food truck.

In this first lesson, students will learn the basic history of food trucks. The students will begin by looking at two pictures from different time eras and filling out a Venn diagram reflecting their thoughts. After viewing a short PowerPoint presentation, students will create a timeline and present from a time era. This lesson is to help students understand the history of food trucks and how they have evolved over time.

The goal of this lesson is to have the students have an understanding of how food trucks began and how they have lead to what they are today.

For more background information on Food Trucks, this article has a great summary of everything you need to know before you start a food truck business:


Before class you will need to print out Venn Diagram and a timeline for each student (links below). The Venn Diagram is part of the hook.

Timeline Project directions can be printed out.

Lesson Times

10 Minutes
Powerpoint Presentation
20-30 Minutes
Group Project
20-30 Minutes
5-10 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
Grade Levels
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

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