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Title:Farm to Table & Beyond
Pub. date: 2008
Includes: Curriculum book
Audience: Children, Middle School, Elementary School, Junior High School
Language: English
Description:This curriculum explores the global food production system. Developed by educators at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the National Gardening Association, Farm to Table & Beyond is part of the Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series. The curriculum includes 29 teacher lesson plans (divided into 6 units), background information, teaching tips, and assessment tools; student activity sheets and readings.
Funding Source: Teachers College Columbia University and the National Gardening Association
Developer: Pamela A. Koch, Isobel R. Contento, Angela Calabrese Barton
Organization: Teachers College Columbia University
Length: 432 pages
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: The Farm to Table & Beyond curriculum is divided into six units:
  • food science
  • food manufacturing, packaging and transporting
  • food processing
  • environmental impacts
  • food-related waste
  • review of previous units

There are a variety of lesson resources, readings, experiments and activities to support each of the lessons and their objectives. Sample class discussions are provided for the educator, and background information on new concepts is provided for both the educator and the student, separately. Student pages are provided, which include basic illustrations, some charts and graphic representations, and some basic recipes. They can keep journals called LiFE Logs, reflecting on what they learned and answering open-ended questions. Student progress can be assessed with completed activity sheets and logs. There is also a pre-assessment (lesson 4) and post-assessment (lesson 30) included.

All activities require advance preparation. Most lessons do not require additional materials, outside what is generally found in the classroom. It is designed to be completed in a series in its entirety, but different lessons and activities could be used on their own with some modification.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: National Gardening Association
    Mail: 1100 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT 05403
    Phone: 800-538-7476
    Fax: 802-864-6889
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    Cost: 32.95 per curriculum book
    Avail. in Qty: No

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