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Food for Thought Curriculum

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A tool for teachers

OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences has developed this Food for Thought curriculum for high school students. Activities are based on a special issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine devoted to the topic of Food in Oregon.

This issue of the magazine, written for a general audience, explores the research that brings food to the table in an Oregon-style feast, from wine to seafood, and beef to berries. In addition, the magazine examines food-related concerns, such as hunger in Oregon, food safety, and nutrition education.

The curriculum, designed by OSU agriculture education student Emily Holden, incorporates reading comprehension and hands-on activities for science, social studies, and language arts, all linked to the state’s educational benchmarks. Some examples include:

  • Students will learn about local food production by reading National Geographic writer Aimee Brown’s experience with an Oregon-based diet, then designing a locally based diet of their own.
  • Students will learn about the chemistry of taste by reading about OSU’s sensory perception lab, then designing their own flavor wheel to describe subtle differences among similar kinds of foods.
  • Students will learn why genetics make a difference in food crops by reading about OSU’s wheat breeding program, then making bread from different kinds of wheat.

Most of the 20 activities listed here can be completed during one class period; they are flexible enough to fit into existing lesson plans. The curriculum is available for teachers, free of charge.

Published in: Food Systems
Title Categories
Create Your Own "100 Mile Diet" Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, Reading Comp
Create Your Own Flavor Wheel Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, Language Arts, Reading Comp
Flavor Recognition Exercise Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, Reading Comp
"Fresh Frontiers" Apple Activity Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, General Science, Reading Comp
"100 Mile Diet" Bread Activity Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, General Science, Reading Comp
"Salmon: A Personal Journey" Personal Icon Essay Agricultural Sciences, Language Arts, Reading Comp
Oregon's Agricultural Progress Food for Thought Agricultural Sciences, Language Arts, Reading Comp
Making Predictions A-Z for "Understanding Hunger in Oregon" Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, Reading Comp
Cube It! For "Bigger Onions on Better Land" Agricultural Sciences, General Science, Reading Comp
Cube It! For "Sex in the Orchard" Agricultural Sciences, General Science, Reading Comp
Health Benefits Concept Map Agricultural Sciences, General Science, Reading Comp
"Bone up on Beef" Anticipation Guide Agricultural Sciences, Reading Comp
"Cannery Row in the 21st Century" Anticipation Guide Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, Reading Comp
"Fresh, Good and Local" Anticipation Guide Agricultural Sciences, General Science, Reading Comp
"Sweet Cream" Anticipation Guide Agricultural Sciences, General Science, Reading Comp
"Bitter Words for Beer" Anticipation Guide Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, Language Arts, Reading Comp
"Taste of the Town" Anticipation Guide Agricultural Sciences, Language Arts, Reading Comp
"Cherry on Top" Concept Map Agricultural Sciences, Food Science, Reading Comp
"Colorful Greens from the Purest of Seeds" Concept Map Agricultural Sciences, General Science, Reading Comp
Savory Images Scavenger Hunt Agricultural Sciences, Art, Reading Comp
Jeopardy Directions Agricultural Sciences
Jeopardy Game Presentation Agricultural Sciences