Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment

Explore an enriched school environment through this visual guide.

Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment

Discover through this visual guide how an enriched school environment can enhance student understanding of personal well-being and the natural world.

Chapters include:

Connecting School Lunch to the Curriculum
Understanding eating relationships lies at the heart of an integrated school lunch curriculum. Exploring these relationships means looking at food "from field to table" and how it is linked to culture and behavior.

Designing Curriculum
Identifying the knowledge and skills that constitute a curriculum integrated around food means using tools such as Benchmarks for Science Literacy to map the basic content that all students should know.

Exploring Food across the Curriculum
With the basic curriculum map in place, we use state content standards to explore ways to integrate the topics of food and food systems across disciplines.

Mapping Student Learning Goals
Aligning state standards to strand maps of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Project 2061 provides a framework for educators to begin to articulate what they want students to know, understand, and be able to do.

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