School-Based Food Education gives students the opportunity to learn about and fall in love with life-long healthy food choices from an early age at school. Common Threads provides coordinated leadership and support for school-based food education through our trained Food Educators.
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SCHOOL GARDENS & GARDEN LESSONS
Every school that we partner with has a school garden – which is where AmeriCorps Food Educators lead garden lessons during the school day in the fall and spring. Kids help care their school gardens as part of each school garden lesson. Each class typically meets every other week during garden season for a total of 3 fall garden lessons and 5 spring garden lessons.
Gardens provide endless possibilities for curriculum connections, from science and math to writing and art! We encourage teachers to use the garden outside of Common Threads garden lesson time too.
Learn about the different school gardens at each of our current partner schools
Volunteer with garden lessons or garden care
Read about the spring garden lessons in this blog post series
COOKING IN THE CLASSROOM
Cooking in the classroom is such a fun way to spend the winter months, when school gardens are at rest! Kids work together to prepare simple, healthy, vegetable-based recipes – and learn about hygiene, safety, nutrition, and teamwork along the way. We meet with each class on a monthly basis between early November to early March, for a total of 4 winter cooking lessons.
The recipes we select are simple, cost-effective and tasty so that they can be replicated at home – we send recipe cards home with kids after each cooking lesson.
We work closely with the Bellingham Food Service and Wellness Departments and are proud supporters of the Good Food Promise.
Volunteer with cooking lessons
Welcome teachers! You will find links and information here to help make the most out of your students’ gardening and cooking food education experience.
GARDEN CURRICULUM (FALL 2019)
- Kindergarten Fall Lessons
- First Grade Fall Lessons
- Second Grade Fall Lessons
- Third Grade Fall Lessons
- Fourth Grade Fall Lessons
- Fifth Grade Fall Lessons
- Middle school coming soon
RECIPES (WINTER COOKING 2018-2019)
*Note: 2019-2020 recipes to be added soon!
Climate Science K-12 Teacher Summit (Spring 2019 – registration now closed)
Stay tuned for more opportunities in the 2019-2020 school year
Teacher and Food Educator expectations for gardening in schools
Teacher and Food Educator expectations for cooking in the classroom (coming soon)
Summer Garden Care sign up
We offer after school programs at schools throughout the year by request. We typically follow our in-school curriculum cycle and run gardening after school clubs in the fall and spring, and cooking after school clubs in the winter (though we can be flexible!). To learn more about after school programs, visit this page.