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Curriculum

Overview

Our Curriculum
Lessons for food literacy and hands-on cooking with kids!

Schools have closed due to COVID-19. In the face of uncertainty, we want to assure you that Food Literacy Center is here to help. We are committed to serving our students and our community.

As a nonprofit focused on preventative health, we have skills and tools to share to help us get through this together. We’re rolling up our sleeves to release resources for families to learn and cook together. 

Please know that we are thinking of you and your family during this challenging time. Your health matters to us! All of these resources are free. We hope they offer some hope and joy to your home.
-Amber Stott, CEO & Chief Food Genius

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Letter from our CEO
Online Curriculum Videos Available

Schools have closed due to COVID-19. In the face of uncertainty, I want to assure you that Food Literacy Center is here to help! We are committed to serving our students and our community. As a nonprofit focused on preventative health, we have skills and tools to share to help us get through this together. We’re rolling up our sleeves to release resources that, until now, have only been available to our instructors. We want you to have them, too–and we will be providing them for free. 

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Girl gardening

FEAST Curriculum
Garden & Health Lessons

In 2015, Food Literacy Center and its community partners formed a collaborative project called FEAST, or Food Education and School Transformation, to inspire students at Sacramento’s low-income elementary schools to eat fresh and locally-sourced fruits and veggies. We collaborate with Health Education Council and Soil Born Farms to create family health-centered programs to fill a gap in the school district. Together, our programs teach cooking skills, nutrition, gardening, and fitness to students and their parents. FEAST improves family health by inviting kids to inspire their parents.

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Sunbutter sandwich

Lesson 1
Sunflower Seed Butter & Seasonal Fruit Sandwich

Students will be able to assemble a healthy meal/snack by following a recipe, and be able to share ideas about how to add a fruit or veggie to every snack or meal. Kids will learn and practice safe knife skills.

Resources

Detailed Sunflower Seed Butter & Seasonal Fruit Sandwich Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 1 - Supply List

Lesson 1 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 1 - Lesson Plan

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Kids cutting veggies

Skill Set 1
Introduction to Knife Skills

Students will learn safe knife handling skills to cook with fruits and vegetables. You can follow along with this lesson by watching our knife skills video.

Resources

Video of the skill set: Facebook or YouTube

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Eating Tres Hermanas

Lesson 2
Tres Hermanas Tacos

Students will explore their food culture and learn about others’. Students will reflect on their own eating habits and culture. 

Resources

Detailed Tres Hermanas Taco Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 2 - Supply List

Lesson 2 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 2 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 2 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Making Spaghetti Marinara

Lesson 3
Spaghetti Marinara

Students will understand how fiber works in their bodies and give examples of foods that contain fiber. They will be introduced to the nutritional facts table and find fiber. 

Resources

Detailed Spaghetti Marinara Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 3 - Supply List

Lesson 3 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 3 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 3 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Ranch Popcorn

Lesson 4
Ranch Popcorn

Students will understand what grains are and what foods contain whole grains.

Our bodies need fiber every day. It keeps our bodies clean, and it helps us feel full. If we eat a fruit or vegetable with every snack and meal, we will eat fiber. There are other kinds of fiber that our bodies like, too. It comes from whole grains.

Resources

Detailed Ranch Popcorn Seasoning Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 4 - Supply List

Lesson 4 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 4 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 4 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Oatmeal with fresh fruit

Lesson 5
Oatmeal

Students will learn how sugar works in their bodies, and learn how to find the amount of sugar in foods. 

Resources

Detailed Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 5 - Supply List

Lesson 5 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 5 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 5 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Guacamole

Lesson 6
Guacamole

Kids will understand that our bodies need fat and that it is used for storing energy for later. Kids will be able to recognize which foods contain fats that are good for our bodies and fats that we should limit in our diets.

Resources

Detailed Guacamole Recipe

Video of the recipe: Facebook or YouTube
Video of the activity: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 6 - Supply List

Lesson 6 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 6 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 6 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!  

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Noodle Soup ingredients

Lesson 7
Noodle Soup

Students will learn how salt works in their bodies, how much we should eat, and learn how to find the amount of salt in foods. 

Resources

Detailed Noodle Soup Recipe

Video of the recipe: Facebook or YouTube
Video of the activity: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 7 - Supply List

Lesson 7 - Printable Recipe: Noodle Soup

Lesson 7 - Printable Recipe: Pho Soup Spice Packet

Lesson 7 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 7 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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Kids kitchen tools

Skill Set 2
Kids Cooking Tools

There are so many tools kids can use safely in the kitchen. Below is a list of some of our favorites.

Resources

Video of the skill set: Facebook or YouTube

Skill Set 2 - Kids Kitchen Tools

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Veggie tostada

Lesson 8
Veggie Tostada

Kids will learn that buying ingredients to make meals at home can be less expensive and healthier than eating out. When you cook for yourself, you know what is in your food and have more control over what goes in it. 

Resources

Detailed Vegetable Tostada Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 8 - Supply List

Lesson 8 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 8 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 8 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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Dried beans

Skill Set 3
Dried Beans

Students will learn to cook a staple pantry ingredient from scratch: dried beans.

Resources

Detailed Dried Beans Recipe

Video of the skill set: Facebook or YouTube

Skill Set 3 - Supply List

Skill Set 3 - Printable Recipe

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Veggies chopped on a cutting board

Lesson 9
Plant Parts Salad

Students will learn the difference between fruits and vegetables. Then, they identify the 6 parts of a plant.

Resources

Detailed Plant Parts Salad Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 9 - Supply List

Lesson 9 - Printable Recipe: Plant Parts Salad

Lesson 9 - Printable Recipe: Honey Soy Dressing

Lesson 9 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 9 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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3 broccoli potato taco plated

Lesson 10
Broccoli & Potato Taco

Students will learn to stretch food dollars and throw away less food by making a recipe that uses the whole vegetable. The Broccoli & Potato Taco recipe was developed with students to promote the SCUSD School Wellness Policy. 

Resources

Detailed Broccoli & Potato Taco Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 10 - Supply List

Lesson 10 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 10 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 10 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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Veggie Fresh Rolls

Lesson 11
Veggie Fresh Rolls

Students will understand which fruits and vegetables grow in Sacramento during the four seasons. They will learn that eating local and in season tastes better and can cost less.

Resources

Detailed Veggie Fresh Roll Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 11 - Supply List

Lesson 11 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 11- Lesson Plan

Lesson 11 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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bowls of rainbow soup on a tray

Lesson 12
Rainbow Soup

Students learn to advocate for cooking & eating fruits and vegetables at home.

Resources

Detailed Rainbow Soup Recipe

Video of the lesson: Facebook or YouTube

Lesson 12 - Supply List

Lesson 12 - Printable Recipe

Lesson 12 - Lesson Plan

Lesson 12 - Activity Worksheet

Has your student done the lesson? Fill out this quick 6 question quiz!

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