Food for Us is an 8 lesson program designed to help teach students in grades 2 and 3 to explore foods and where they come from. Developed by registered dietitians, Food for Us provides teachers with fun, easy to follow lesson plans that meet BC curriculum standards.
Filled with opportunities for experiential learning, students have fun exploring a variety of foods and food groups while learning where their food comes. Food for Us exposes students to a variety of foods and teaches them how these foods get from the farm, forest, and water to their lunch boxes.
Food for Us provides a guided exploration of a variety of foods and different food groupings along with age-appropriate information on where these foods come from and how to talk about food with your class. Taught over an 8 week period or throughout your whole school year, Food for Us includes a teacher guide, food pictures cards, and a class set of student activity books that can be ordered year after year at no cost. With curriculum integration and extension activities, the program teaches students basic food and nutrition skills through interactive and fun lessons.
Food for Us is designed to fulfil outcomes in the Physical and Health Education curriculum. In addition, many activities integrate into cross-curricular subject matters such as Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Arts Education and Applied Design Skills and Technologies. Sign up or login to our online portal to access our curriculum links document which outlines the curricular competencies Food for Us can help you meet in your classroom.
After completing this program, it is expected that students will:
To teach the program and receive the materials, teacher participation in a free-workshop led by a BC Dairy registered dietitian is required. All program materials are free of charge and can be ordered yearly at no additional cost.
Participation in the workshop will provide teachers with:
Once you have completed one of these workshop options, order your Food for Us materials through our online portal.
If you’re teaching Food for Us in your classroom, you are eligible for an annual Mini Food Grant. Funded by BC Dairy farmers, Mini Food Grants are intended to support teachers and help them purchase food for enhancing nutrition education efforts in the classroom.
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