National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for TeachersMarch 14, 2014 | Matt Davis
Along with Women's History Month, March is also National Nutrition Month. If you're planning on incorporating nutrition, we've compiled a few of our favorite resources here. You'll find lesson plans that cover the science of cooking and digestion, as well as links to a variety of helpful source materials on the Web.
Of course, we just touched on a few, but we'd love to hear if you have plans for incorporating National Nutrition Month into your lesson plans. What resources are you planning to use?
- The Science of Cooking from the San Francisco Exploratorium: Have you ever wondered what the science was behind our favorite foods? Well these lessons will answer your curiosities. There are teaching ideas for covering the science behind bread, pickles, candy, and many more. There are also several recorded webcasts that can be used during lessons.
- The Best Sites For Learning about Nutrition and Food Safety: Blogger and educator Larry Ferlazzo put together this list of nutrition resources on his website. There are links to tons of great interactive multimedia pieces, as well as links for all ages of learners. Ferlazzo's website is a great place for finding open educational resources, as it's chock full of useful "Best Of" lists.
- Nutrition Science Lessons from Science NetLinks: This collection from Science NetLinks features lessons that look at healthy eating and exercise. Here you'll find resources that cover everything from the science of our digestive systems, to how our bodies absorb nutrients and the USDA's MyPlate resource. The lesson plans provide preparation for teachers and materials, and there is also a section in each lesson that provides ideas for assessment. Additionally, there's links to some great nutrition learning tools.
- Nutrition Lessons for Every Grade Level: Fuel Up to Play 60 produced these useful lesson plans. And there's something here for every grade -- although the majority are designed for elementary students. Interactive games are also a part of the collection, as are at-home tools for nutrition learning and relevant research.
- The Good Egg Project from Discovery Education: The Good Egg project offers teachers tons of valuable resources for teaching kids about healthy eating. A few areas of focus include healthy breakfast options and the farm-to-table food movement. Some of the highlights include lesson plans, a virtual field trip to an organic farm, and healthy recipes. It's packed full of fun, engaging multimedia -- the perfect collection for National Nutrition Month.
- Healthy Eating Resources for Kids from Nourish Interactive: Teachers and kids will find plenty of great resources from Nourish Interactive in the “Free Printables” tab, where there are ideas and materials for teaching students about food labels, healthy cooking, gardening, and vitamins.
- Nutrition Lessons for Elementary, Middle School and High School Students: This resource comes from the John Stalker Institute of of Food and Nutrition, and it includes links to a ton of great nutrition learning activities for every grade level. A variety of resources are included, like the Center for Disease Control's middle school nutrition curriculum and high school agriculture lessons.