Although teachers have a lot on their metaphorical plates, the evidence between health and learning is overwhelming.
Classroom teachers are uniquely qualified to connect nutrition concepts to curricular standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS; Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS; Achieve, 2013). Making deep and explicit connections between food and core academic subjects increases the likelihood that classroom teachers can fit food education into their daily instruction. Nonetheless, not all classroom educators are equipped with the knowledge, tools, or permission to support food education at the classroom level. This resource guide provides support in all three of these areas.
Eat-Read-Talk-Write is a classroom-tested approach to developing food literacy in the classroom, kitchen, and garden. This pedagogical approach begins with a shared food experience that sets context for literacy and science lessons. The cycle can be extended to include Planting-Growing-Harvesting activities in the school garden. Lessons connect to food literacy themes and align to Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and Next Generation Science Standards.
This project is made possible through a generous Whole Kids Foundation Innovation Grant awarded to Carrie Strohl, Ph.D.