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Kids’ Valley Garden - A Gardening Resource for Kids

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A Gardening Resource for Kids
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Here are some ideas and instructions for teaching and having kids about effective watering systems for their school garden.  The instructions are easy to follow and kids will be able to create these irrigation systems with little or no help from the teacher.

 

Links to the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies

Years 5-6: Exploring and comparing the efficiency of different irrigation methods in plant production (ACARA, 2014).

 

References:

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 11, 2014,  from, http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

Kids' Vally Garden (2014). Easy Drip Watering Systems, Retrieved June 11, 2014, from http://www.typodermic.com/garden/easydrip.html

 

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Teaching Kids About Food Labels - Watch WebMD Video

Teaching Kids About Food Labels - Watch WebMD Video | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it
Want your kids to make healthy food choices? Turn them into food dectectives.
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This video demonstrates how to teach children about food labels in a way that they will understand, while having fun.  it is a great lesson idea and can be modified as a classroom activity or done as a school excursion.

 

Links to the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies:

Years 3-4: investigating the labels on food products to determine how the information provided contributes to healthy eating.

 

References: 

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 10, 2014,  from, http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

WebMD (2014). kids and Food Labels. [Video]. Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://www.webmd.com/diet/video/kid-food-labels

 

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Kitchen Gardens

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The Kitchen gardens website provides advice for teachers and schools, learning resources and a student investigation scaffold.
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This resource links directly to the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies and offers a variety of resources for both students and teachers.  The students page offers advice and learning activities for the different stages of gardening - Planning, Managing, Harvesting and finally Preparing the Harvested food.  The teachers page links to various resources that can be used to support teaching activities associated with gardening as well as advice about planning an implementing a school garden project.

 

The links to the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies are:

Years3-4: Exploring tools, equipment and procedures to improve plant production; recognising the benefits food technologies provide for health and food safety and ensuring that a wide variety of food is available and can be prepared for healthy eating.

Years5-6: Investigating and experimenting with different tools, equipment and methods of preparing soil; identifying ways of applying, conserving and recycling nutrients in food production; considering low-input sustainable agriculture; exploring and comparing the efficiency of different irrigation methods in plant production systems; describing and using safety guidelines for food storage and preparation at home and school; experimenting with tools, equipment, combining ingredients and techniques to design and make food products or meals for selected groups; considering traditional and contemporary methods of food preparation; identifying work practices that show an understanding of nutrition, environmental considerations, hygiene  and food safety when designing and making a food product (ACARA, 2014).

 

References:

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 10, 2014,  from, http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities (2012).  Kitchen Gardens.  Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://www.kitchengardens.det.nsw.edu.au/index.htm

 

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School Gardens - Growing Minds

School Gardens - Growing Minds | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it
Growing Minds trains individuals to establish Farm to School gardens and to integrate  gardening into state and national curriculum. We emphasize how to sustain a garden program by involving community partners, such as parents, farmers, college students, and agricultural professionals. Students […]
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This resource is designed to support teachers as they plan and implement a school garden. It provides simple suggestions on how to get started and suggests lesson ideas to support the education of students as they become involved with growing different plants. It supports the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies as it involves students in producing their own food. Years 3-4: exploring tools, equipment and procedures to improve plant production, for example when growing vegetables in the school garden. Years 5-6: investigating and experimenting with different tools, equipment and methods of preparing soil and the effect on soil quality and sustainability; identifying ways of applying, conserving and recycling nutrients in food production when designing a sustainable school vegetable garden. References: Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 3, 2014, from, http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 Growing Minds (2014). School Gardens. Retrieved, June 3, 2014, from http://growing-minds.org/school-gardens/
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Learn More - Resources

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This resource provides information about the processes involved in dairy farming.  There are resources for teachers available for teaching students the process of making milk ready to sell, as well as the process of making other dairy products such as cheese.  This website   also looks at food safety and environmental sustainability in the process of dairy farming.

 

This is a suitable resources for teaching The Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies as it meets several of the teaching goals.

 

Years 3-4: recognising the benefits food technologies provide for health and food safety and ensuring that a wide variety of food is available and can be prepared for healthy eating (ACARA, 2014).

 

Years 5-6: considering how low-input sustainable agriculture is used; sequencing the process of 'on farm' food or fibre products into a product suitable for retail sale (ACARA, 2014).

 

Resources

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved May 14, 2014,  from,http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

Dairy Farming Today (2014). Dairy Farming Today. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://www.dairyfarmingtoday.org/Learn-More/Resources/Pages/ForKidsandTeachers.aspx

 

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Food: a guide for kids by Tiki the Penguin

Food: a guide for kids by Tiki the Penguin | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it

ThisFind out about food in this guide: What is it? What's good and what's bad? How is it made?

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This resource offers information about food, how it is grown and processed and why it is necessary for good health.  It is designed for children and provides useful in sites on where food comes from and what happens to it before it ends up as dinner!

 

It links to the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies for years three and four as it helps students to recognise the benefits that food technologies provide for health and food safety (ACARA, 2014).

 

References

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved May 14, 2014,  from,http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

Tiki The Penguin (2014). Tiki's Guide to Food.  Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://tiki.oneworld.net/food/food_home.html

 

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Teachers' Guide - Food a fact of life

Teachers' Guide - Food a fact of life | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it
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This resource contains many facts about where food comes from and the process it goes through to end up in the supermarket.  There are lesson suggestions and ideas, interactive ICT games and videos that help students to gain a better understanding of the different processes different foods go through.

 

This resource aligns with the Australian Curriculum - Technology for years 3 and 4: Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies.  It also aligns with years 5 and 6: Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments.

 

References

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved March13, 2014 from,http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

British Nutrition Foundation (2014), Food and Farming- Teachers' Guide, Retrieved March 13, 2014, fromhttp://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/Sheet.aspx?siteId=15&sectionId=66&contentId=147

 

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The Art of Growing Rice: Unit Overview | Asia Education Foundation

The Art of Growing Rice: Unit Overview | Asia Education Foundation | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it
Explore the importance of rice to many Asian countries and use the theme of growing rice as stimulus for creating and performing.
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Here is a unit plan that teaches students about where rice comes from, how it is grown and harvested and processed.  This unit is designed in for The Arts Curriculum but could easily be modified to suit the teaching of technology.  

 

Links to The Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies

Years 3-4: identifying the areas in Australia and Asia where major food and fibre plants are grown.

Years 5-6: considering how low-input sustainable agriculture is used in a range of environments including Australia and Asia (ACARA, 2014).

 

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Asia Education Foundation (2014). The Art of Growing Rice.  Retrieved June 11, 2014, from http://www.asiaeducation.edu.au/resource/asiascopeseqartsunits_the_art_of_growing_rice.html ;

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 11, 2014,  from, http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

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Food Labels Nutrition Printables- Food Label Worksheets, Printout Activities Teaching K-5 Kids Food Labeling Facts

Food Labels Nutrition Printables- Food Label Worksheets, Printout Activities Teaching K-5 Kids Food Labeling Facts | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it
Food Labels Learning Sheets and Worksheets
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This resource provides information, games, quizzes and printable worksheets that are aimed at teaching children about food labels.  This links in with the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies as it helps students understand what often preservatives are added to food to increase their shelf-life.  It also helps them to gain a better understanding about what foods are healthy and what foods are not.

 

Curriculum Links:

Years3-4: investigating the labels on food products to determine how the information provided contributes to healthy eating (ACARA, 2014)

 

References:

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014), Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10#level5-6

 

Nourish Interactive (2014). Food Labels Learning Sheets and Worksheets.  Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://www.nourishinteractive.com/nutrition-education-printables/category/6-food-labels-worksheets-printables-teaching-kids-reading-food-labeling-nutrition-facts-free-learning-printouts-activity

 

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Australian Organic Schools

Australian Organic Schools | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it

This website

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This website integrates the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technology as it provides resources and information to teachers and students about planting a school garden, recipes for food grown from the garden and ways to successfully maintain that garden.

 

Curriculum Links:

Year 3-4: exploring tools, equipment and procedures to improve plant production, for example when growing vegetables in the school garden.

Year 5-6: investigating and experimenting with different tools, equipment and methods of preparing soil and the effect on soil quality and sustainability; identifying ways of applying, conserving and recycling nutrients in food production; describing and using safety guidelines for food storage and preparation at home and school (ACARA, 2014).

 

References:

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 5, 2014,  from, http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

Australian Organic (2014). Australian Organic Schools. Retrieved, June 5, 2014, from http://www.organicschools.com.au

 

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Lesson Plan - Farmers and the Food Connection

Lesson Plan - Farmers and the Food Connection | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it

 our food is grown and what it takes for that food In this lesson, a farmer visits the classroom to share information about growing food and talk about the process of producing and selling foods so that families can buy it. Students will learn about farmers?? roles in and ...

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This lesson plan has students learning about how food is grown and what it takes for that food to be suitable for sale.  It also looks at the need for farms to produce and sustain life in our current society.

 

It links in to the Australian Curriculum - Technologies (2014) as students identify the areas in Australia where major food or fibre plants and animals are grown or bred (years 3-4); describing the relationship between plant types and animal breeds and their environmental suitability when selecting suitable plants or animals for an environment (years 5-6).

 

References: 

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved June 3, 2014,  from,http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

Krak, J., Schexnaildre, J. (2014). Farmers and the Food Connection. Retrieved June 3, 2014, from http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit103/lesson4.html

 

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Agriculture - Kids Social Studies Videos, Games and Lessons that Make Learning Fun and Easy

Agriculture - Kids Social Studies Videos, Games and Lessons that Make Learning Fun and Easy | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it
Agriculture - Interesting videos, lessons, quiz games, presentations and activities for kids on agriculture.
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This website offers a range of games, pictures and videos that inform students about the production of food.  The variety of information available from this resource covers a range of information that meets the needs of the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technology for many year levels.

 

Years 3-4: describing ideal conditions for successful plant and animal production; exploring tools, equipment and procedures to improve plant and animal production; recognising the benefits of food technologies (ACARA, 2014).

 

Years 5-6: sequencing the process of converting 'on farm' food or fibre products into a product that is suitable for retail sale; identifying work practices that show an understanding of environmental conditions when designing and making a food product (ACARA, 2014).

 

References:

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved May 14, 2014,  from,http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

NeoK12 (2014). Agriculture. Retrieved May 14, 2014, fromhttp://www.neok12.com/Agriculture.htm

 

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School Kits - The Australian Made Campaign

School Kits - The Australian Made Campaign | Teaching Technology To Grades 3-6 - Food Production | Scoop.it
Are you teaching or learning about Australian made and grown products? Check out the Australian Made Campaign lesson and activity ideas, handouts, background information, images and more. The school kits provide an overview of the Australian Made, Australian Grown Logo, how it is used and why it is a good idea to buy locally made and grown goods.
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This link is offers a range of teaching tools designed to help students understand what kinds of food are produced in Australia and the importance of Australian made products.  This site has a range of teaching tools including online books and games as well as printable worksheets and fact sheets.

 

This activities provided through this site link the the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies for Years three and four as students will be able to Identify areas in Australia where major food or fibre plants and animals are grown or bred (ACARA, 2014)

 

References

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014) The Australian Curriculum Technologies - Design and Technologies, Retrieved May15, 2014 from,http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

Australian Made (2014). School Kits. Retrieved May 15, 2014, fromhttp://www.australianmade.com.au/resources/school-kits/

 

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Food Processing

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This is a lesson plan designed to teach students how and why different foods are processed.   Though out the lesson students will draw conclusions about the necessity to process different foods and have a greater understanding about where the food they eat comes from.  Although this lesson plan is outlined in a step by step format it can be adjusted to meet the needs of a particular classroom.  Including activities such as visiting a food processing factory are watching youtube videos on how different foods are processed could enhance the learning activities already outlined in this plan.

 

This resource aligns with the Australian National Curriculum - Technology Year 5 and 6: Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments; Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene (ACARA, 2014)

 

References:

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], (2014), Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies, Retrieved March 11, 2014, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10#level5-6

 

John Hopkins University (2010), Teaching the Food System: Food processing, Retrieved March 11, 2014, from http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/teaching-the-food-system/curriculum/food_processing.html

 

 

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