Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up
This ten-lesson curriculum kit, developed by USDA’s Team Nutrition, uses a school garden setting to engage fifth and sixth grade students in learning about fruits and vegetables through growing, harvesting and tasting. The kit includes a gardening guide, teacher guide, lesson materials, at home parent booklets and posters.
The Great Garden Detective Adventure
This eleven–lesson curriculum, developed by USDA’s Team Nutrition, guides third and fourth grade students through a series of investigations that connect the school garden to the classroom, cafeteria and home. Materials include a teacher guide, curriculum lessons with activity materials and newsletters to send home with students and share information with parents.
Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best
, developed by USDA’s Team Nutrition, takes seventh and eighth grade students on an exploratory journey into school wellness with three inquiry-driven lessons for each grade. One lesson, From Farm to You
, focuses specifically on farm to school.
Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum
Serving Up MyPlate
, developed by USDA’s Team Nutrition, uses the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands-on activities to address the importance of eating from all five food groups. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. The nutrition education lessons are for first through sixth grade students and can integrate with math, science, language arts and health classes. Teacher guides, handouts, songs, posters and games are available.
Nutrition Education of Texas (NETx)
Developed as a collaboration between USDA’s Team Nutrition Training Program, the Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Education Service Centers from Region I and Region XIII, NETx lesson plans can be used with public school students in grades pre-kindergarten through high school. The curriculum is multidisciplinary and includes classroom lessons specific to fine arts, health, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
Texas Agriculture in the Classroom
Texas Agriculture in the Classroom, operated by the Texas Farm Bureau, is dedicated to connecting students in first through sixth grade, with agriculture through innovative, curriculum-based programs and resources. Using Texas Agriculture in the Classroom resources, teachers can guide their students in exploring the source of food and fiber, and the many steps they take from the field to the home.
Texas Junior Master Gardener Program
The Texas Junior Master Gardener Program is an international youth gardening program with the mission of “growing good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education.” The Texas program is operated through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Sprouting Healthy Kids
This food-systems education program, developed by Austin-based Sustainable Food Center, focuses on the relationship students develop with food. The program encourages them to make positive decisions concerning their health and nutrition and the health of their families and communities.
This website, developed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, offers interactive activities that teach students about agriculture. It offers complementary resources for teachers.
BAM! Body and Mind: Food and Nutrition
This interactive website, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is suitable for third through eighth grade students and includes activities that teach students how to separate food fact from fiction, as well as recipes for quick, easy, tasty treats.
is a garden-based nutrition education curriculum developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program for second and third grade students. This guidebook features seven full lesson plans, each including an overview, list of objectives, a list of needed materials and directions for lesson activities.
Food Literacy Assessment Tools
EAT South developed a food literacy pre-
to evaluate students’ understanding of farming, food and food systems. The assessments are appropriate for students in grades three (3) through 12.
USDA’s Team Nutrition
offers additional educational resources for students. They can be found in the Nutrition Education Resource Library