The birds are singing, the frogs are chirping and the plants are beginning to grow. It’s the perfect time to get students outside and try some truly hands-on learning. Use the warm days and the itch to get outside to teach students the basics of food production and nutrition through an inquiry unit that combines explores gardening and nutrition. The best part is that the inquiry unit can be modified for any age group and used year after year.
Here are three ideas to get help get you started:
1) Plant a school garden. If there isn’t space for a larger garden, plant a classroom windowsill herb garden instead.
2) Visit a local farm or farmer’s market. Discuss how food production and distribution are managed.
3) Create and prepare a meal (or full menu) based on local food availability and nutritional guidelines.
Resources from Big Universe
|Where Does Our Food Come From?|
|Bobbie Kalman (Author)|
Grains, vegetables and fruits, meat, eggs, and dairy foods-where do these different food groups come from? Children will discover such things as how grains are grown in fields, which vegetables are really fruits, where certain fruits grow, and the importance of pollination. A special section gives children suggestions for eating healthy foods.
|Growing Good Food|
|Ann Flounders (author)|
Have you thought about where your food comes from? Do you know the difference between organic and nonorganic foods, and is organic always a more healthful choice? Some farmers have opened their farms to the local community to help grow and pick crops. In this book, you’ll read why community-supported agriculture is growing fast and how the choices you make at the grocery store can make a big difference in Earth’s health as well as your own. Book features: Table of Contents; Glossary; For More Information including books and web sites; Index; photos and captions; charts and graphs; source notes.
|Jo Cleland (author)|
Sung to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell, this book emphasizes the different food groups and how important they are for healthy teeth and bones.
|Comer Bien (Eating Right)|
|Dona Herweck Rice (author)|
Do you have healthy eating habits? Learn the importance of portion control and eating healthy foods. This book introduces readers to the different food groups and the appropriate quantities of each. Important vocabulary related to food and health is also provided.
|STEM Jobs in Food and Nutrition|
|Jane Katirgis (author)|
What great STEM job may be waiting for you? How about a job in food and nutrition? Have you ever looked at your dinner and thought about all the people who helped get it to your table? Learn all about food chemists, dieticians, and the farmers who grow the food we eat. How and what animals eat to ensure our meat is healthy, how fertilizers play a part in the safety of our fruits and vegetables, and how what you eat plays an important role in your health. So, count your calories and read along to find out all about this exciting STEM career! This book will allow students to understand how systems may interact with other systems; they may have sub-systems and be a part of larger complex systems.
Take the Common Core Outdoors http://hepg.org/hel-home/issues/28_6/helarticle/take-the-common-core-outdoors_554
Lesson plans for math, language arts, science, and social studies as well as evaluation tools http://collaboratingclassrooms.ath.cx/?garden=/nutrition§ion=curriculum
Team Nutrition MyPlate campaign from the USDA featuring posters, songs and more! http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/myplate
Nutrition in the Garden Workbook (Douglas County, NE)