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Lesson Plans and Activities
- Georgia Organics Standards-Based Lessons
- Early Care and Education:
- Elementary School
- K-2 Math: Collecting Taste Test Data
- K-2 Math: The Life of a Plant through Yoga and Gardening
- K-2 Writing: Narrative and Informational Pieces about Kale
- K- 2 Writing: Using Descriptive Adjectives to Write an Acrostic Poem
- K-2 Science: Edible Plant Parts
- K-2 Science: Soil Experimentation
- 3-5 Math: Collecting Taste Test Data
- 3-5 Math: Planting a Square Foot Garden
- 3-5 Science: Edible Plant Parts
- 3-5 Science: Building a Perfect Soil Recipe
- 3-5 Writing: Narrative, Informational, and Opinion Pieces about Kale
- 3- 5 Writing: Using Knowledge of Syllables to Write a Haiku Poem
- Middle School
- High School
- 9-12: Family and Consumer Sciences- How Kale Became the Next Big Thing
- 9-12: Family and Consumer Sciences- What are Vitamins, Minerals, and Phytochemicals?
- 9-12: Family and Consumer Sciences- How the School Cafeteria can Bridge the Gap
- 9-12: Family and Consumer Sciences- Product Labeling and How to Adapt Recipes for Food Allergies
- 9-12: Family and Consumer Sciences- Food and Nutrition and Wellness Knife Skills 101
- Fundamentals of Organic Farming and Gardening: This curriculum was created by Georgia Organics with high school students in mind.
- Easy Activities
- Kale Harvest Lessons: This resource from Vermont Harvest of the Month includes easy kale activities and lessons for grades K-4.
- Kale Leaves and Light Science Activity: We’ve adapted this activity from Science Buddies so your students can learn how different wavelengths of light affect kale leaves
- Kale “Paint” Activity: Use this recipe to make your own kale paint
- Factsheets and Other Resources
- Kale Brochure: Check out this “brochure” with fun facts, jokes, and more to celebrate kale!
- Kale Varieties: Learn about the varieties of kale that thrive in Georgia
- Kale Hero Tool Kit: This resource from National Kale Day includes easy activities, nutrition facts, recipes, and more.
- Kale Presentation: You can use this presentation created by a dietetic intern to teach your students about nutrition and the health benefits of consuming a healthy diet that includes kale (appropriate for 8th-12th grade).
- The Halloween Tradition Best Left Dead: Kale as Matchmaker: Read this article from Smithsonian Magazine with your students to learn about the odd Scottish history of kale and Halloween
- Captain Kale Super Hero Story: Read this Captain Kale story line for ideas to have your students create their own veggie-tastic super hero comic
- The Evolution of Brassica Oleracea: Learn about kale and all its relatives
- Multicultural Collection of Farm to Early Care and Education Books: The Food Trust’s multicultural collection of farm to ECE books highlights children’s books that feature characters from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. These books cover a wide variety of farm to ECE related topics including gardening, farms, cooking, family meals, farmers markets, shopping for food, and more
Taste Tests & Cooking
- Super Power Kale Pesto Recipe
- Sukuma Wiki Recipe, (Check out the video tutorial)
- Massaged Kale Salad Recipe, (Check out the video tutorial)
- Kale Chips Recipe, (Check out the video tutorial)
- Basil Kale Pesto Recipe,(Check out the video tutorial)
- School Nutrition Recipes:
- Cooking with Kids
- Taste Test Survey
- Tips for Cooking with Preschool Children
- How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Kale
- Cómo Cultivar y Cosechar La Col Rizada (Spanish Kale Planting Guide)
- Georgia Planting and Harvest Calendar
- Tips and Techniques for Teaching Outdoors
- Tips for Gardening with Young Children
- Food Safety Tips for School Gardens
- Building a Simple Raised Bed
- Building Raised Beds: How to Determine Dimensions
- Building Raised Beds: Determining Materials
- More about School Gardens
Promotional & Marketing Materials
- Sample Morning Announcements, Parent Email, and Newsletter
- Sample Kickin’ it with Kale Media Alert: Use this media alert to alert local news stations about your upcoming Kickin’ it with Kale activities
- Sample Kickin’ it with Kale Press Release: Use this press release to inform local news stations about your Kickin’ it with Kale activities
- Plan a farm field trip! We’ve created a list of Georgia farms that offer educational field trips to plan a fun day on the farm for your students. Please contact the farm directly if you are interested in scheduling.
- Good Food Guide includes a list of farmers, farmers markets, and restaurants in your area who grow, serve, and promote fresh, local food. A farmer or chef from one of these places could help with your Kickin’ it with Kale activities.
- Farmers Markets: Students can celebrate Kickin’ it with Kale outside of the school day, too! Check out these resources to help connect students to farmers markets, including markets that double the value of EBT/SNAP benefits through Wholesome Wave Georgia.