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    Food for Thought – Improving Food Literacy

    Topic: 
    Food Literacy
    Social Emotional Learning
    Healthy Eating
    Grades: 
    1 - 8

    Food for Thought – Improving Food Literacy is a free online resource that integrates food literacy and media literacy into discussions about healthy eating which provides students with the skills they need to make healthier food choices in a variety of settings, taking into account the factors within their control.

    This resource includes:

    • Background information about the importance of helping students develop their food literacy and media literacy to support their capacity to integrate this learning into discussions related to healthy eating.
    • Connections to The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Health and Physical Education (2019) and The Ontario Curriculum, Grade 1–8: Language (2006) to support an integrated approach to learning.
    • Evidence-based, effective teaching and learning strategies for consideration when talking about food with students in order to empower them to make healthier choices, considering the factors within their control.
    • Activities connected to the overall and specific expectations related to Healthy Eating and Social Emotional Learning skills in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Health and Physical Education (2019) and Media Literacy skills in The Ontario Curriculum: Language (2006).
    • Additional resources to support educators in building their capacity to integrate food literacy and media literacy into lessons that focus on healthy eating.