By: Angela Asch, MA
Nutrition is a diverse, engaging and multi-faceted subject that incorporates easily into both synchronous and asynchronous learning. With COVID-19 continuing to impact many school communities, teachers and students are beginning the school year in a distance learning format. Fortunately, distance learning integrates easily into both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous learning, which brings students and educators together in in real time for a learning experience, may use uses grade level curriculum via interactive learning platforms like Google Classroom or Zoom. Asynchronous learning, which allows students to learn independently on their own time, may use options like games and quizzes to explore and test their knowledge on topical information.
Dairy Council of California offers a wide variety of online resources that easily embed into online learning platforms to appeal to synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. Featuring digital documents, short and informative videos, and grade level appropriate quizzes and games, all our nutrition resources are housed in one location, making it easy for educators to access and integrate content into their online classrooms. We also provide a Technology Tutorial Guide to walk educators through the process of downloading and embedding our resources into their online learning platforms, like Google Classroom, Zoom or apps like SeeSaw, for quick and easy implementation.
Curriculum Support for Educators Kindergarten to High School
Easy-to-use and available for all grade levels, the workbooks are turnkey, aligned to Common Core State Standards and accompanied by educator guides to make teaching nutrition easy for educators to incorporate into their lesson plans. The activities reinforce nutrition education while encouraging students to practice reading, analyzing text and communicating through writing. These resources pair perfectly with Zoom or Google classroom for an interactive, synchronous lesson on nutrition. Our Online Learning Assessments provide grade level tests for students to assess their knowledge before and after curriculum instruction to assess knowledge gains, attitudes and behaviors. Perfect for students to complete at their own pace, these resources pair well for asynchronous learning, enabling educators to assign students activities, quizzes and reading passages that will engage their students.
Builders are short, interactive one-page activities designed to build nutrition knowledge and reinforce healthy eating patterns. Intended for elementary school students, builders focus on a single topic and can accompany our curricula as a resource for further learning or as an introduction to the topic of nutrition to ease students into a larger lesson.
Our online games, like MyPlate Match, are fun and engaging while teaching students about nutrition and healthy eating. They are interactive tools that embed healthy eating, exercise and food literacy messages to support learners age 5 and up. For students interested in testing their knowledge, we offer topic specific quizzes with Quizlets and Kahoots, designed to encourage curiosity and start conversations. These resources are best suited for ages 8 years and older.
Agricultural Literacy and Farm to You Activities
Students can also discover where food comes from through activities and videos designed to boost agriculture literacy. They can learn a variety of topics such as how milk gets from the farm to you, the complexity of the food system and food safety with our Common Core Reading and Writing Passages and curated YouTube Playlist. Students are encouraged to dive deeper by going on a virtual farm tour to ask farmer questions and discover fascinating facts about sustainability on the farm and animal husbandry.
Dairy Council of California supports all learners to make balanced food choices for lifelong healthy eating. Find a wealth of information and resources to implement nutrition education and make healthy eating easier at HealthyEating.org/Curriculum.
Angela Asch, MA
Angela Asch, MA
Angela, Project Manager for Resource Development team, brings expertise in child development and nutrition education to her role.
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