Growing Healthy Kids

2013 updates

A 12 lesson hands-on, activity-rich curriculum for elementary aged (2nd and 3rd grade) children focused on nutrition education and the connection to plant parts. With the addition of the supplementary activities the series can be extended to 22 lessons. For school and non-school sites. GHK includes options for mural, indoor and outdoor gardens.

Section 1: Growing Healthy Kids Overview

Growing Healthy Kids Overview (click to print entire section)

• How to use the Growing Healthy Kids curriculum
• Curriculum objectives
• Organization of the curriculum
• Team-teaching the curriculum
• Working with volunteers to deliver the curriculum
• Garden options: No garden? No sun? No water? No problem!
• Recurring activities
• Literature cited
GHK Volunteer Position Description

Section 2 – Growing Healthy Kids Lessons Plans

Growing Healthy Kids Lesson Plans (click to print entire section, or click on individual lessons, below)

• Lesson 1 – Digging In!
• Lesson 2 – Six Yummy Plant Parts
• Lesson 3 – Root, Root Hurray!
• Lesson 4 – Water for People and Plants
• Lesson 5 – Stand Strong with Stems
• Lesson 6 – Energy In, Energy Out
• Lesson 7 – Leaves and Fun in the Sun
• Lesson 8 – Flowers, Bees and Broccoli
• Lesson 9 – Bunches of Variety
• Lesson 10 – Insect Olympics
• Lesson 11 – Breakfast for Kids and Soils
• Lesson 12 – Healthy Harvest Celebration

Section 3 – Growing Healthy Kids Recipes

Growing Healthy Kids Recipes (click to print all recipes, or click on individual recipes, below)

• Lesson 2 – Fruit and Nut Slaw
• Lesson 3 – Carrot, Jicama and Orange Salad
• Lesson 4 – Flavored Waters
• Lesson 5 – Celery with Quick and Easy Bean Dips
• Lesson 6 – Very Berry Muesli
• Lesson 7 – Crunchy Baked Kale Chips
• Lesson 8 – Veggies with Cilantro Yogurt Dip
• Lesson 9 – Creamy Fruit Salad
• Lesson 11 – Super Sundae
• Lesson 12 – Plant Part Salad

Section 4 – Supplemental Appendices

Growing Healthy Kids Supplemental Appendices (click to print all appendices, or click on individual appendices, below)

• Appendix A – Glossary of terms
• Appendix B – Handwashing instructions
• Appendix C – Basic gardening kit
• Appendix D – Basic food preparation kit
• Appendix E – Instructions for building a PVC light rack
• Appendix F – Roots, Stems and Leaves song lyrics
• Appendix G – Text for the Food Adventurer Adjectives activity
• Appendix H – Food Adventurer Adjectives worksheet template
• Appendix I – Food Adventurer sticker template
• Appendix J – What I Ate worksheet template
• Appendix K – Plant Part Insect Snacks photo card
• Appendix L – Food Adventurer wrist bands template
• Appendix M – Clip art for mural garden
• Appendix N – List of storybooks
• Appendix 0 – Garden sign

Coloring sheets, flashcards, and parent newsletters are under revision.