Common Core Cooking and Gardening for the Next Generation

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.

Putting food at the center of science and literacy.

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.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Gordy says:

    Beautiful website. Beautiful work you are doing. So proud to say that you were my colleague!

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I learned so much from you and so many others about the value of service. You encouraged me to make gardening part of what I would do for the long haul. I’m currently working on a grant that integrates literature into cooking and gardening instruction, so I get to marry all my passions.


  2. Cindy Friday says:

    I’m teaching a gardening elective again. Looking forward to your posts!

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