How FoodCorps Members Support Kids’ Mental Health
The FoodCorps Lessons include hands-on experiential activities to engage kids in learning about healthy food. These 96 lessons are for grades K-5, and are organized through this learning progression by grade, season and theme. The lessons are tied to national academic standards and were developed following Culturally Responsive Teaching, Place Based Learning, and Social and Emotional Learning best practices and frameworks.
Each lesson was developed with input from FoodCorps service members, community partners, and resource
specialists, and has been evaluated and updated to reflect recommendations from our community of food educators. This suite of lessons is intended to guide food and garden educators to spark inquiry and love for healthy food and should be adapted to reflect the needs, identity, and culture of the community in which they are taught.
The lessons are evidence-based and have been guided by the FoodCorps Healthy School Progress Report Practices found in the Healthy School Toolkit.
FoodCorps Lesson Progression
The FoodCorps Lesson Progression poster is a roadmap for making the most of FoodCorps lessons. It shows how these lessons relate to and build upon one another to support students in developing increasingly sophisticated knowledge of and skills in the six themes listed below:
- Fall | Saving Seeds
- Spring | Rotting Away, Day by Day
- Fall | Putting the Garden to Bed
- Spring | Plant a Salsa Bed!
- Fall | Getting to Know the Garden
- Fall | Celebrating the Autumn Harvest
- Spring | Plant Families
- Winter | Sauté
- Spring | Looking Closely At Leaves
- Fall | Tea Time
- Spring | Plant a Pizza
- Fall | Fabulous Five: What a Plant Needs to Thrive
- Spring | Insect Homes
- Winter | Plant Part Mystery
- Winter | Go, Grow, Glow Quesadillas
- Spring | Plant a Go, Grow, Glow Bed
- Fall | Plant Part Scavenger Hunt
- Winter | Root-View Cups
- Fall | Sensory Explorations
- Fall | The Great Balancing Art
- Fall | Planting a Tops and Bottoms Bed
- Spring | Imaginary Plants
- Spring | Tops and Bottoms Popsicles
- Spring | Wonders of Water
- Fall | Plant Part Wraps
- Winter | From Beautiful Beans to Delicious Dip!
- Spring | Budding Tastes
- Fall | Let Us Grow Lettuce!
- Spring | Sunny Honey Seed Snacks
- Spring | Sunflower House
- Spring | Perfect Parfaits
- Fall | Up, Up, Up We Grow!
- Winter | Who Eats What?
- Fall | Veggie Wraps
- Winter | Rainbow Smoothie
- Spring | Life on the Farm
- Winter | Let’s Jam!
- Fall | All in for Applesauce
- Spring | Neighborhood Food Maps
- Spring | Breaking Down Rocks, Building Up Bread
- Winter | Root Fruit Slaw
- Winter | Exploring Our Worm Bin
- Spring | Planting the Three Sisters
- Fall | That’s Life!
- Spring | Whole Grain Crackers
- Winter | Tortilla Time!
- Fall | Get to the Source
- Fall | Food Memory Tourists
- Spring | Food Packaging
- Fall | Get to Know a Crop
- Spring | Garden Grids
- Winter | A Patchwork Garden Quilt
- Fall | Agents of Change
- Winter | Becoming Cafeteria Mentors
- Fall | Poetic Produce
- Spring | Learning from Our Elders
- Fall | The World Travel of Food
- Spring | Reimagined Snacks
- Spring | Mealtime Traditions Around the World
- Spring | Break It Down
- Fall | Green Sauce Around the World
- Winter | Cycle of a Nutrient
- Fall | Full Potential Manifesto
- Spring | Gratitude Feast
- Spring | Season Food Wheels
- Spring | Rolling into Spring
- Winter | The Secret Strategies of Food Advertising
- Spring | Sugar Showdown
- Fall | What Do Plants Eat?
- Fall | What’s in My Salsa?
- Fall | Changemakers
- Spring | Be a Bee!
- Spring | A Rainbow at the Salad Bar
- Fall | Eat a Rainbow
- Fall | Biodiversity in the Garden
- Fall | Fun with Fruit Salad
- Spring | Food Story Swap
- Winter | Stir-Fry
- Winter | Seed Tape
- Spring | Planting for Beneficial Insects
- Spring | Rainbow Grain Salad
- Winter | What the World Eats
- Fall | Plant a Rainbow
Rolling into Spring
Let Us Eat Lettuce!
Dried Fruit Garland