Middle School

Together Counts Curriculum

“The Together Counts™ program offers a robust set of wellness curricular resources to classroom educators and after school providers, alongside tools, tips and activities for families of children in pre-K through middle school. Our standards-aligned curriculum (listed below) is cross-curricular, free, downloadable and available in English and Spanish and covers the importance of balancing daily physical activity with good nutrition, decision making and the connection between being healthy and self-esteem.”

Nutrition Tip Sheets

Nutrition Tip Sheets

“These tip sheets make great handouts for your nutrition education presentations. They can either supplement our nutrition education self-instructional booklets or add to other wellness or parent education resources. Some are designed for children and work great in after-school youth settings.

Note: many are available in both English and Spanish.”

Nutrition Lesson Plans

“Dairy Council of California K-12 nutrition curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards and can easily integrate into your units on Math, Social Science, Health, Language Arts and Physical Education.

Each grade level has a specific curriculum with six to ten nutrition lessons. The lessons were created using a behavior-change model that encourages healthy-eating behaviors and attitudes in your students. Students can practice lifelong health skills like decision making, analyzing influences and setting goals.

Developed with real teachers, these nutrition lesson plans have been created to be fun, easy and impactful. Each program is evaluated for results so you can feel confident your valuable class time is used effectively.“

Nutrition Facts Label for Middle Level Classrooms

“This nutrition-based curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of healthy food choices, using the Nutrition Facts label as the starting point. With engaging hands-on activities, students will become more aware of calories, serving size, and the nutrients they should get “more of” and “less of.” Designed for use by middle level teachers, the emphasis is on an inquiry approach that is customizable to science, health, and/or family and consumer science classes, aligning with current education standards in these curriculum areas. It also supports educators seeking Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities for their classrooms.”

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up

“Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs may request a free print copy of the curriculum (from the USDA). The curriculum comes with 35 copies of the Dig In! At Home parent handout (English version) and the six Dig In! posters.”

Kids Health in the Classroom

“KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for PreK through 12th grade. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, classroom activities and extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes and answer keys all aligned to National Health Education Standards.”

UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program Educational Materials

“The mission of the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is to provide individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and skills to manage their food resources effectively and enjoy healthy foods, and physical activities for longer and more fulfilling lives. The materials are designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

These publications contribute toward this mission by helping individuals and families apply the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Choose MyPlate in their daily lives.  The materials were developed for families and communities who participate in the Nutrition Education Program.”

Vermont Harvest of the Month

“Vermont Harvest of the Month is a program run by three nonprofit organizations in the Green Mountain state to promote seasonal eating, encourage healthy diets and support the local economy. They provide ready to go materials for the classroom, cafeteria, and community that promotes the use of local, seasonal Vermont foods.”