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1st Grade Program Overview

Discover how to use 1st grade curriculum + find accompanying materials to support learning in the classroom, at home + beyond. Free for Californians.

Discover how to use the 1st grade curriculum.

All curriculum is free to Californians and at low cost for educators from other states.

Early elementary is the perfect time to build a foundation of healthy habits that will continue for a lifetime. The 1st grade nutrition program aligns to education standards (view chart, view by lesson, national standards), uses a proven behavior-change model and gives students the knowledge they need to begin practicing healthy choices. 

Teachers love the 1st grade curriculum because:

  • They see students making healthy choices almost immediately and sharing information with their families.
  • It gives them a fun way to apply the Common Core State Standards and easily integrates into subjects like Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, Language Arts or Physical Education units.
  • They know nutrition is a vital topic that isn't included in the standard curriculum.

Before teaching nutrition education to 1st graders, educators will need a few things to get started. The 1st grade curriculum includes the following core components:

If educators are teaching the curriculum for the first time, they will need to order one workbook for each student in their class or educational setting. Teachers will also want to order an educator guide. Some grade-levels, such as 1st grade, include other critical materials such as a Food Group Poster and Food Pictures which act as instructional flash cards.

We prioritize educator success and if our records recognize an educator is teaching this curriculum for the first time or at a new grade level in California, we make sure the educator receives everything needed in their physical or print material order to successfully teach nutrition.

If educators are teaching the curriculum again at the same grade, simply re-order new workbooks as the educator materials are meant to be re-used each year. Sustainability is a key priority so we offer digital product options for free and encourage educators to re-use print teaching materials if they are still at the same grade-level. If curriculum is revised, educators will receive new educator resources to successfully teach the curriculum.

Why Nutrition Education is Important?

1st grade teacher, Michaela Nealy, explains why food literacy is important for students.

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