This program contains six engaging lessons that use hands-on experience to teach students introductory concepts in biology while promoting healthy, local, seasonal eating. This module builds off of the introductory concepts presented in the Farm-to-Kids Texas K-2 Educational Module, but can also be taught to students who did not participate in the earlier module.
Each lesson covers a new topic in the biological sciences and ends with a recipe that the whole class can prepare and eat together. At the end of this educational module, students should know the life cycle of a plant, what environmental conditions support healthy plant growth, and the unique role that plants fill in the global food chain.
|Lesson||Science||Main Idea||Objectives||Activities||Local Food Focus||Make It||Taste It|
|1-Plant Life Cycles||10C||Flowers turn into fruits, which contain seeds. Seeds grow new plants of their same species.||Explore the life cycle of a plant.||Bean life cycle sequence cards||Vegetables for dipping||Bean dip||Bean dip|
|2- Soil||7A||Soil characteristics determine what plants can be grown in an area.||SWBAT describe differences in soil texture, color, and the capacity to retain water. SWBAT explore the connection between soil nutrients and plant needs.||Water capacity experiment, soil sample observations||Root vegetables||Peeling and cutting root vegetables||Roasted root vegetables|
|3- Fresh Food Nutrition||3B||Eating a variety of naturally colored food helps your body stay healthy.||Analyze nutritional labels for important information.||Nutritional label comparison||Colorful vegetables||Rainbow salad||Rainbow salad|
|4- Producers||9A||Producers need sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to make their own food.||SWBAT draw a diagram of the inputs and products of photosynthesis.||Photosynthesis diagram||Tomatoes||Salsa||Chips and salsa|
|5- Consumers||9A||Consumers must eat other organisms for their food.||SWBAT differentiate between producers and consumers.||Producers and consumers card sort||Broccoli, carrots |
|Pasta salad||Pasta salad|
|6-Seasonality||8A||An area’s climate determines the food that grows in that area.||Determine which foods grow during fall, winter, spring and summer.||Seasonality wheel||Raw seasonal vegetables||Chopped salad||Chopped salad|
|Extra Lesson #1 |
|10A||Chickens have adaptations that help them to survive.||SWBAT explore chicken genetics and describe the life cycle of a chicken.||Chicken breed matching||Eggs||Deviled eggs||Deviled eggs|
|Extra Lesson #2 |
|10A||Bees use adaptations such as antennae and pheromones to locate and collect food.||SWBAT identify honeybees and the roles of bees in a hive. SWBAT describe pollination.||Pollination and the Waggle Dance||Honey||Peanut Honey Balls||Local honey and Peanut Honey Balls|