Make food/ nutrition prevalent in all aspects of curriculum
For the sake of being more specific, I have chosen the 3rd grade for implementation of this idea. These kids would be on average 8-9 years old. I have also chosen North Carolina as an example, since I live here.
Below are all the categores of classwork for 3rd graders and next to them I have written in modules that I feel could be designed in order to better connect students with the natural world, food, and nutrition.
•Arts Education- Garden design, Art as seen in the natural world, Cooking as an art form
•Computer / Tech.- Internet based research on nutrition and food, Food Technology
•English as a Second Language and •English Language Arts- Menus, Recipes, Nutrition Labels
•Healthful Living- carbon footprint, nutrition, food choices, health and exercise
•Mathematics- Fruit Stand (mock business, or real)
•Second Languages- All same as ELA
•Science- how food works, nutrition, plants, growing things
•Social Studies- Ancient Food and Health
All of these moduels could be built upon every year and made more complex as kids age.
Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?
Elementary (Kids) 5-10
Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
High school (Teens) 14 -18
Young adults 18-21
Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?
Expense and Convenience