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Classroom Cooking

Support academic standards through cooking in the classroom.

Cooking Cart Equipment
Classroom cooking is an educational activity that keeps the students engaged. Here is a list of basic items for preparing food in the classroom.

Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food
An activity guide that links academic content standards to the real world through gardens, nutrition, cooking, recycling, and the environment. Also available on loan through the Healthy Kids Resource Center. External link opens in new window or tab.

Harvest of the Month External link opens in new window or tab.
Harvest of the Month provides materials and resources to support healthy food choices through increased access and consumption of fruits and vegetables as well as encourage daily physical activity. It uniquely supports core curricular areas through exploration and study. Harvest of the Month presents an opportunity to bring together the classroom, cafeteria, home, and community to promote a common goal and healthier habits for students.

Teacher Tip: Cooking With Kids
Nutrition education takes on a whole new life when combined with cooking projects. Here are some tips.

Questions: Deborah Tamannaie | dtamanna@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-2473 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 10, 2016
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