Nourish: Food + Community


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Nourish is a set of six lessons on the story of food. The lessons, which are linked to segmentsof the DVD, do not have to be used in sequence. Overall objectives are listed in the curriculum guide. The lessons are highly interactive, well organized,and easy to follow. Students engage in meaningful conversation about food and food systems, receive opportunities to use critical thinking skills to reflect on current food practices,explore more sustainable food practices, and link their learning to relevant action. A chart identifies, by activity, how the curriculum meets national curriculum standards for social studies,science literacy, English–language arts, and health education.

What’s inside: Curriculum guide and DVD. The guide contains a DVD viewing guide, six classroom activities for exploring video topics more deeply, and suggestions for an action project. Each lesson contains an essential question, background information, list of needed materials, estimated time, vocabulary, preparation guidelines, and directions for the activity, as well as assessment and extension ideas. Student activity sheets are included. The DVD is available for purchase or may be obtained for classrooms free of charge upon request.

Activity highlight: In Lesson 2, “Seasonal, Local Food,” students watch a segment of the DVD and discuss it; then they define what it means to say a food is in season, discussing two foods brought into the classroom. Tasting can be done, and students can generate descriptive adjectives. Students also draw a circle with a 150-mile radius around their town and talk about what local means. They make two resources to help people find local, seasonal food in their community: a “seasonal circle” and a resource booklet.

Nutrition competencies:
Grades 7–8: (1g), h; 2, 4, (6), 8
Grades 9–12: 1h; (2–5), 8
(x)= partial addressing of competency

Language: English, with Spanish handouts
Number of lesson plans: 6 (plus projects)
Amount of time per lesson: 50–100 minutes
Estimated total time for lessons: 8–10 hours plus project time

Format: Downloadable PDF; DVD
Cost: Free; DVD available for purchase or to classrooms free of charge (upon request)

Cafeteria connection: Yes
After school: Yes Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 12

    Topics: Health Education, Health & Physical Education, Nutrition

    Resource Pedagogy

    Resource Type/Classification:

    • Assessments
    • Teacher Materials
    • Student Materials
    • Source Materials
    • Reproducibles

    Tool for: Teachers

    Beneficiary: Students