Agriculture in the Classroom

March is Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month! Where does food come from? How can farming protect the environment? Who makes sure our food is safe? What about food waste? Answers to these questions and more along with teaching resources are available from the All About Food website sponsored by Agriculture in the Classroom Canada. For BC… Read more

Stories about Food

Lots of times when we think about stories about food for families, we think about read-aloud picture books for young children. From the colourful collages in Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the realistic photos in Eating the Rainbow, there’s plenty of choice available. Another valuable set of food stories that we sometimes forget… Read more

Alphabet pretzels

Today, Joan Exley, Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Nelson, shares her personal and professional experiences with combining literacy and food. One day, when my kids were little, we were eating lunch at the table when a ‘teachable moment’ happened. We had some delicious bits on the table: hummus and carrots, yogurt, cheese and rice crackers…. and… Read more

Early Math and Healthy Eating

Young children use math concepts and skills in everyday activities even before they start school. One of the everyday activities where children can practice early math skills is healthy eating. Here are some things for adults and children to try together: Count fruit such as apples, oranges, bananas Talk about the shape of different foods… Read more

Food, Glorious Food

Food, Glorious Food is a series of ESOL food stories on the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program website. The stories are written by students. The first story is accompanied by an online quiz. Another story with a quiz was added recently. Many of these stories describe vivid food memories and can be used as writing… Read more

Cooking Across Cultures

For most people, food carries meaning far beyond what you need to fuel your body. It is associated with memories, feelings, culture and traditions. And, everyone is an expert on what they like and don’t like to eat. Activities focused on food, cooking and other food skills are good candidates for embedding literacy. Cooking Across… Read more