Educational Resources


Click on the links below to access valuable educational materials for teaching students and young children about agriculture and nutrition. Whether it’s in the classroom or in the garden, you will be able use these resources to enhance lessons about healthy locally grown foods.

Educational Resources for Early Child Care Settings  Minimize 
Farm to Preschool Harvest of the Month Curriculum 
The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute from Occidental College developed a 12 month curriculum for early child care sites interested in implementing a harvest of the month. Many of the items included in the curriculum are seasonally available in Texas. 

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables
This garden-themed nutrition education kit was developed by USDA’s Team Nutrition and can be used by child care center and day care home staff. It introduces children to three fruits — peaches, strawberries and cantaloupe, and three vegetables — spinach, sweet potatoes and crookneck squash. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fun activities and can be used to introduce any fruit or vegetable. The complete kit can be downloaded from Team Nutrition’s Resource Library.

Child Care ClassroomTwo Bite Club
USDA’s Team Nutrition developed this educational storybook to introduce young children to MyPlate. The book encourages them to try foods from each food group by eating two bites like the characters in the story. The book also includes a MyPlate coloring page, a blank certificate for the Two Bite Club and other fun activity pages. This resource is available in English and Spanish versions.

USDA’s Team Nutrition offers additional educational resources for early child care settings. They can be found in the Nutrition Education Resource Library.

Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package
The curriculum was developed for preschool-age children by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in partnership with childcare provider company New Horizon Academy, with support from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The curriculum and associated materials include practical, experience-tested strategies to try out new approaches in child care settings including menu innovations, classroom activities and family engagement ideas.

Seed Sprouting Curriculum

This preschool curriculum focuses on teaching children that they can grow food. It was created by Island Grown Schools in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts to help children gain confidence in their selection of healthy food choices. It is organized by age and by season, allowing for easy planning for activities all year.

Reach for the Stars: Growing Young Minds with Farm to Preschool

The North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network developed this research-based resource to help child care centers and family child care homes integrate Farm to Child Care activities into their curriculum while addressing the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), an inclusive evaluation tool, based on seven categories. This resource is organized by four Farm to Child Care activities: edible gardening, farm field trips/farmer visits, local food classroom cooking and taste tests, and local food served in meals and snacks. 

Educational Resources for K-12 Students  Minimize 
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 
Nutrition Voyage, 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.

Got Veggies?
Got Veggies? 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- and post-assessment 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.

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