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The Lunch Box knows that positive change must happen outside the cafeteria, as well. We truly believe that if we're going to change children's relationship to food from one dependent upon highly processed food to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and clean proteins then we need to provide hands-on experiential learning in cooking and gardening classes. These tools help fill the gap with peer-reviewed curricula for gardening, cooking, growing, agriculture and other food-based fields of learning.
California School Garden Network

The California School Garden Network (CSGN) is one of the best one-stop resource for school garden curriculum on the web. Over 100 lessons in PDF format, helpful videos, all for free!

Camp Silos for Teachers

"CampSilos is an educational Web site focusing on the development of American agriculture. Targeting students in grades 4-8, the site provides online educational material related to the natural prairie, pioneer farm life, early agricultural technology, the story of corn from its early Indian origins to the present, and 21st century technological advances including applications of GPS and biotechnology.
Using cutting-edge technology, student activities and teacher lesson plans feature such diverse activities as virtual field trips, mystery photos, group games, problem-based activities, primary source materials, scavenger hunt and history detective research using online resources and links to national standards. Students can even watch the birth of baby pigs!"

Cooking with California Food in K-12 Schools

From the Center For Ecoliteracy
"Introduces an innovative approach based on dishes students know and love, ethnic flavor profiles reflecting California's heritage, and fresh ingredients from every season. Authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans offer resources about California foods, recipes, and successful professional development techniques for school nutrition services. Recipes are written in family-sized quantities and will be scaled up to meet schools' needs. The book's principles are adaptable for any geographic region."

Curriculum Ideas from Life Lab
Need ideas about how to engage students about gardening during the summer and during the school year? Life lab has developed creative curriculums that will keep students engaged all year round.
Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

"An international classroom for exploring the problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger is designed to help equip and encourage teachers, students and young people all over the world to actively participate in creating a world free from hunger.

You will find lessons modules for teachers, resources and activities for young people and an interactive forum for exchanging information and experiences around the world."

Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms

From the Center For Ecoliteracy
"Getting Started is a 51-page guide designed and published by the Center for Ecoliteracy in collaboration with Life Lab Science Program, a national leader in garden-based education."

Growing Food LiFE Series for 4th-6th Graders

Downloadable with purchase.
"In this inquiry-based curriculum, you and your students embark on an exciting adventure — learning science through the study of our fascinating food production system. Students learn about cycles in nature, flow of energy, and food systems while engaging in hands-on investigations of photosynthesis, food webs, agriculture, and more. Developed by educators at Teachers College, Columbia University, Growing Food is the first module in the Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series. Includes teacher lesson plans, background information, teaching tips, and tools for assessment; student activity sheets and readings; and a matrix mapping the book to National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Grades 4-6, 256 pages."

Guide to 2009 Academy Award Nominee, Food, Inc.

From the Center For Ecoliteracy
"Do people have the right to know what is in their food? Should companies be able to own the DNA contained in plant seeds? When deciding what to eat, how much should we consider the workers who pick, process, and transport our food?
These are some of the questions high school students are encouraged to consider in the new Food, Inc. Discussion Guide, developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy and released by Participant Media, the Los Angeles-based entertainment company that produced An Inconvenient Truth, Darfur Now, and The Kite Runner.
This teacher's guide is a companion to the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc., which takes a critical look at the industrialization of our country's food supply. Participant Media produced the film in collaboration with River Road Entertainment and Magnolia Pictures.
'Food, Inc. has helped launch a vibrant national conversation about the future of food and farming in America,' says Michael Pollan, bestselling author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma. 'Now the Center for Ecoliteracy's invaluable teacher's guide will help to bring that conversation into the classroom.'
The 102-page guide provides questions and activities about the film's themes, including health, sustainability, animal welfare, and workers' rights. It is designed to help high school students make more thoughtful choices about food and participate in a meaningful dialogue about food and food systems.
'This resource demonstrates how to make choices that promote well-being by honoring nature's ways of sustaining life,' says Zenobia Barlow, cofounder and executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy.
The guide suggests questions to promote critical thinking and understanding of complex issues. Rather than present specific points of view, the discussion questions are designed to help students examine the issues through a deeper exploration of their own thinking."

Kids Health in the Classroom

"Kids Health in the Classroom offers educators free health curriculum materials for all grades and subject areas. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, activities, and reproducible handouts and quizzes – all aligned to national health education standards."