These four curricula options are all sequential, evidence-based, and connected to educational standards. California teachers can order these curricula for FREE. Developed by Team Nutrition (an initiative by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service), these inquiry-based nutrition education lessons teach the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and hands-on activities. Printed materials are available to teachers whose schools participate in at least one of USDA’s Child Nutrition programs.
Developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy, this curriculum is designed to initiate a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. It contains seven learning activities, various student handouts, a companion DVD, and more. The lessons align with national curriculum standards and benchmarks.
Dairy Council Curriculum
These nutrition lesson plans are sequential, aligned to standards, proven to influence students’ healthy choices, focused on five food groups, and free to California teachers. Each grade level has a series of six to ten nutrition lessons, all created via a behavior-change model that encourages healthy-eating behaviors and attitudes in your students.
Big Ideas Curriculum
Developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy and National Geographic, this K-12 curriculum identifies key concepts that link food, culture, health, and the environment. Lessons are aligned to: Common Core; NGSS; College, Career, and Civic Life Standards; National Health Education Standards; and California Nutrition Competencies.