October is National Farm to School Month! Farm to School Month connects children and communities with the source of their food and the farmers and ranchers that grow it. In honor of Farm to School month, let’s explore some of our favorite resources that connect young learners to their food!
Right This Very Minute
Right This Very Minute, the first book published by Feeding Minds Press, celebrates food and farming and inspires readers of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from—right this very minute! Get a copy here! Or you can watch author Lisl H. Detlefsen read the book aloud! We have 2 free lessons you can download to accompany the book. The first is an English Literacy activity and the second explores science concepts. If you enjoyed those, you can buy the complete educator's guide!
How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?
How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? is always a crowd-pleaser! This book takes a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. You can get a copy here or find a read-aloud version like this one. To take learning further, check out these complementary lessons. Download one free lesson here!
“Load the Lunchbox”
The My American Farm game “Load the Lunchbox” is geared for Pre-K through Kindergarten learners and takes them on a trip across the United States to visit different farms. On these farms, players race to harvest all the food on the farm and fill their lunchbox. Play now!
PB&J Hooray! tells the story of how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made. The fun, rhythmic language describes how peanuts become peanut butter, grapes are made into jelly, and wheat turns into bread. If you don’t have a copy, you can buy one here or watch a read-aloud version! We also have an accompanying educator’s guide to take learning further. Check out this free lesson!
“Operation Peanut Butter”
Want more peanut-y fun? My American Farm’s “Operation Peanut Butter” tests math skills while also discovering where peanut butter comes from in this fun game funded by the National Peanut Board.
“Food Science Fun!”
My American Farm’s “Food Science Fun!” is a set of 10 hands-on activities designed for the K-5 learner to explore how food travels from the farm to the plate, inspiring healthy food choices, the vast array of food careers, and even fun kitchen experiments! Download the activities for free here!
“Farm to Fork” Challenge
Older learners can explore the farm to table connection with the Purple Plow Challenge “Farm to Food Truck”. In this challenge, students are tasked to create a food truck that analyzes the farm to fork process. Learn more!
In the next few weeks, we will have the 2021 Food & Farm Facts Book and Map available for purchase. The 2021 Food and Farm Facts series features interesting and educational facts about food in America - how and where it is grown, and who produces it.