Big Ideas

Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment

Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 20, No 1 (Spring 2009)

Center for Ecoliteracy

2008, 32 pages. Center for Ecoliteracy, 2528 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702, 510-845-4595,

This book offers a conceptual framework and food for thought for teachers and students in grades K-12. It encourages students to systematically look at the connections forged between something so basic as food choices, and both personal and environmental health. Clustered according to grade-group level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) each “big idea” is accompanied by essential questions, sample activities, and key concepts drawn from the Benchmarks for Science Literacy.