School Lunch & Nutrition
||One of the gravest issues facing our nation's kids today is childhood obesity. What can teachers and our schools do about it? We can start with improving school lunches and teaching about nutrition in our classrooms. Arm students with the knowledge of how they can help themselves, and how they can make intelligent, informed choices about what they eat, inside the school and out.
Lunch and Nutrition
- Chew on This Teacher's Guide
Engage your students' interest in their health and well-being with the interdisciplinary activities in this teacher's guide for Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food. This guide includes lesson planning ideas and discussion questions about nutrition, the history of fast food, and the practices of fast-food corporations.
- The Omnivore's Dilemma Teacher's Guide
Get a fresh perspective on what we eat with this teacher's guide to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, a book that investigates culinary traditions and three modern food chains. This printable literature guide includes a summary and reading comprehension questions for each chapter.
- Twinkie, Deconstructed Teacher's Guide
Explore the modern food industry, the history of food processing, and the role foods play in our culture with the discussion questions and writing prompts in this literature guide for Steve Ettlinger's Twinkie, Deconstructed. This printable also includes many projects about the chemistry of food and its production.
Teachers aren't the only ones invested in the fight against childhood obesity. Esteemed British chef and television personality Jaime Oliver is know for his fight to improve school lunches; First Lady Michelle Obama advocates for healthy changes direct from the White House; and plenty of parents blog regularly on the subject, as do some brave students.
- Let's Move!: "A comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation"
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Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
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May is Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month! Don't overlook this opportunity to study and enjoy activities about the history and culture of Asian-Pacific American communities.
The recent rash of tornadoes in Oklahoma
, which killed at least two dozen people, may have your students wondering why such natural disasters occur, how they may be affected by them, and what they can do to help. Use these resources to teach the geography of Oklahoma and the Southwestern United States, to explain tornadoes, and to discuss the resulting crises with your class.
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May Calendar of Events
May is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/23-29) and Memorial Day (5/27). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Clean Air Month, and Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!
Common Core Lessons & Resources
Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Work these new standards into your curriculum with our reading, writing, speaking, social studies, and math lessons and activities. Each piece of content incorporates the Common Core State Standards into the activity or lesson.