Common Core Cooking empowers teachers to find time in the school day to teach food literacy all year long. It uses a classroom-tested model–known as “Eat-Read-Talk-Write”–which aligns instruction to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

This approach begins with a shared tasting experience that sets the stage for reading comprehension, rich discussion, and authentic writing. The cycle can be extended to include planting, growing, and harvesting to incorporate science investigation in the school garden (when we can be in the garden again).

Common Core Cooking

puts food at the center

of science and literacy instruction.

Five Food Literacy Themes

Getting Soup

Building Community

through Cuisine

Preparing Dough

(Agri)Cultural & Historical Traditions


"Educators who want to build a classroom food community do not need to be accomplished cooks nor expert gardeners. They simply need to be interested in using food as a way to connect learning to meaningful, real-world experience. Starting in September, The School Garden Doctor will post themed activities that include videos, suggested book titles, and tips for how to conduct tasting or cooking experiences for children."

Carrie Strohl, Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine

Common Core Cooking

Family Cooking

Kim Floyd, TK Teacher

Thank you so much for the cooking supplies!  I feel like I hit the jackpot!  We have been doing cooking projects once a week, students have made grilled cheese sandwiches, scrambled eggs, english muffin pizza, and this week we are making "rainbow pancakes" (just plain pancakes with a fruit topping that includes every color of the rainbow.)  You have empowered me to do so much more!  I love having the books to connect back to, that's the best part of all. Thank you!

Nutritional Cooking

Liz Corey,

3rd Grade Teacher

I learned that students get VERY excited when they work with food. Food brings students together and they learn about traditions and cultures as well.