Days to Celebrate in October

1st: World Vegetarian Day

4th: World Animal Day

17th: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Guides and Curricula

National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix– The National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix is an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards.

School Garden Wizard – Gardening and plant-based learning open a door to discovery of the living world. It stimulates even as it focuses and calms. Within the school environment, a garden offers an unparalleled platform to help kids achieve learning goals in ways that are recommended by the National Science Standards and most state and local educational bodies.

Food Day School Curriculum&PDF Resources – Designed for upper elementary and middle school students, the curriculum offers five lessons designed to teach children the importance of eating real, fresh food; cutting back on processed foods; and advocating for a healthier community.

The Growing Classroom– This award-winning resource book ($40)for educators contains 480 pages of science, math, language arts, and nutrition activities that you can do with your students in the garden.

Getting Started– The Life Lab Science Program distilled their years of world-wide school garden experience into a concise 50-page guide that asks and answers most questions you need to consider for creating an outdoor classroom garden.

National Agricultural Library– USDA collection of curricula and lessons

MyPlate Curricula and Resources– Parents and teachers are invited to use the MyPlate Kids’ Place resources to deliver credible information and find “teachable moments” that will influence children’s choices at home and at school.

 

Apps

AllRecipes Dinner Spinner – Get dinner on the table with less fuss and more fun! The new and improved Allrecipes Dinner Spinner gives you instant access to Allrecipes’ amazing collection of member-shared recipes, photos, ratings and reviews from a community of more than 30 million home cooks.

Veggie Weekend- Healthy Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

Green Kitchen – Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

HealthyOut– Free Healthy Food Delivery & Restaurant Nutrition Guide

Shopwell– Healthy Diet and Grocery Food Scanner

Fooducate – Lose weight with real food, track your progress, and discuss with the community. Scan a product barcode to see what’s really in your food. Fooducate will also show you healthier alternatives.

 

Games

Nourish Interactive – Many nutrition games available on a safe, advertisement free website

Zisboombah– Where it’s Okay to play with your food

Nutrition Mission– Learn about the Food Pyramid, Exercise and play some games

 

Useful Links

Kid’s Guide to Excersice & Nutrition

Real Food Liz

National Agriculture in the Classroom

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden/Salad Bar Grants

The Edible Schoolyard Project – The Edible Schoolyard Network connects educators around the world to build and a share a K-12 edible education curriculum

The Effects of School Garden Experiences on Middle School-Aged Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Associated With Vegetable Consumption

Growing Community: The Impact of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program on the Social and Learning Environment in Primary Schools