Nutrition to Grow On


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This curriculum directly links gardens and nutrition education. The curriculum uses gardens to integrate disciplines (science, mathematics, language arts, history, environmental studies, nutrition, and health) while reinforcing the California academic content standards. Lessons are sequential and designed to teach children and their families about nutrition; each lesson relates to a garden activity and can be taught independently.

The lessons focus on nutrition and gardening, essential nutrients, MyPyramid for
Kids, food math, and nutrition labels, and they include additional activities and optional snacks. Outdoor activities center on gardening and farming to teach concepts and objectives.

What’s inside: Each lesson includes a brief review, icebreaker, discussion questions, and a garden activity, as well as additional activities such as thinking of snack ideas, conducting research, and creating food diaries. Quizzes are
built in, and Journal Prompts are suggested. The curriculum also includes background information for teachers, assessment ideas, and family newsletters.

Activity highlight: Lesson 2, “Nutrients We Need,” includes a review of the previous lesson, discussion about nutrients that humans and plants need, and an activity, “nutrient sandwich. Also includes a handout, nutrient word, gardening
activity with a plastic bottle and worms, and additional activities such as making a snack or “edible worm bottles,” or using photo cards that display fresh fruits and vegetables.

Nutrition competencies by grade level:
Grade 4: 1a–c, f; 2–8
Grades 5–6: 1a–c, f–h; 2–8

Language: English
Number of lesson plans: 9
Amount of time per lesson: 1–1.5 hours
Estimated total time for lessons: 9 hours

Format: Downloadable PDF; hard copy
Cost: PDF available free of charge; print available for purchase

Cafeteria connection: No
After school: Yes

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 4 to 6

    Topics: Health Education, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Health & Physical Education

    Resource Pedagogy

    Resource Type/Classification:

    • Student Materials
    • Assessments
    • Reproducibles
    • Teacher Materials

    Tool for: Teachers

    Beneficiary: Students