Food Literacy Month

To celebrate Food Literacy Month in September, Common Core Cooking is going online! The goal of Common Core Cooking (@home) is to close the distance between home and school this fall by putting food at the center of science and literacy instruction.

Common Core Cooking empowers teachers to find time in the school day to teach food literacy all year long. It uses a classroom-tested model–known as “Eat-Read-Talk-Write”–which aligns instruction to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Common Core Cooking puts food at the center of science and literacy instruction.

This approach begins with a shared tasting experience that sets the stage for reading comprehension, rich discussion, and authentic writing. The cycle can be extended to include planting, growing, and harvesting to incorporate science investigation in the school garden (when we can be in the garden again).

This fall, The School Garden Doctor is offering Common Core Cooking online. Individual classroom teachers can access the curriculum in one of three ways:

  1. Take a course. Get access to the full five-theme curricular resource guide, five (two-hour) live Google Meet sessions, monthly materials–such as videos and recipes–and ongoing virtual support. Earn 1 CEU through Sonoma State University for $65 (10-hour commitment between Sept. 10th and Dec. 3rd 2020).
  2. Pay to play. Attend a one-hour virtual workshop in mid-September and receive the curricular resource guide, monthly updates, and virtual support ($25).
  3. Get a taste! Sign up for the Farm Fresh to You CSA using the code FOODLIT20. Commit to getting six shipments between Sept. 1st and Dec. 31st and five sample lessons will be delivered monthly to your inbox.
Curricular Resource GuideInteractive SessionsMonthly MaterialsVirtual SupportCEU Credit
Take a course.*5 monthly sessions***
Pay to play.*1 one-hour workshop*
Get a taste.*
Individual classroom teachers can access the curriculum in one of three ways above.
To bring Common Core Cooking to your staff or site,
please contact Carrie at

As a former classroom teacher, The School Garden Doctor can attest to the powerful pull food education has for students, but many teachers agree!

I learned that students get VERY excited when they work with food. Food brings students together and they learn about traditions and cultures as well.

~ Liz Corey, Third Grade Teacher, Canyon Oaks Elementary/NVUSD

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Gordy says:

    Beautiful website. Beautiful work you are doing. So proud to say that you were my colleague!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I learned so much from you and so many others about the value of service. You encouraged me to make gardening part of what I would do for the long haul. I’m currently working on a grant that integrates literature into cooking and gardening instruction, so I get to marry all my passions.


  2. Cindy Friday says:

    I’m teaching a gardening elective again. Looking forward to your posts!

    Liked by 1 person

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