Take a Taste with Spoons is a three-session food and nutrition literacy program for third graders. The program is designed to help students learn to identify elements of taste (sweet, sour, salty, bitter); develop their food-related vocabulary; and understand the importance of eating fresh, locally produced food. In addition, the program promotes the importance of sharing meals with friends and family members. Each lesson focuses upon a different theme—elements of taste, healthy beverages, and nutritious snacks—providing opportunities for students to taste, prepare, and share food with their classmates. At the end of each lesson, students are provided with a recipe and a set of “Conversation Starters” to encourage them to prepare and talk about food together with their families.
Lesson 1: Elements of Taste
Students identify elements of taste (sweet, sour, salty, and bitter) and use this vocabulary and other descriptive words to discuss and compare different varieties of local fruits or vegetables. The discussion also centers on the healthy aspects of fresh fruits and vegetables, and helps students understand how locally grown foods are healthy for people and beneficial for the environment.
Lesson 2: What’s in your Drink? Sugar Survey
Students participate in a hands-on activity using food labels to determine the amount of sugar in popular sodas and juices. Afterwards, they work together to create a healthier alternative beverage using fresh fruit and seltzer water.
Lesson 3: Snack Healthy
Students explore the ingredients in a recipe and work together to make a healthy and delicious snack. At the end of the lesson, children are given a list of snack ideas and recipes to share with their families, as well as “Conversation Starters” to encourage continued discussion at home.
How are the lessons in Take a Taste lessons implemented?
Spoons trained curriculum leaders and volunteers work with a designated classroom once a week for 3 weeks, providing a consistent presence for each of the lessons. Classroom teachers are invited to attend the trainings, to support integration of lessons into their curriculum. They will also be provided with extension activities to extend the learning beyond the 3 lessons.
Who is eligible for Take a Taste with Spoons?
3rd graders in NYC public schools. Use this link to apply online. Application deadline is July 11, 2014. Schools will be chosen and notified by the end of July. If there are additional spaces are available we will post opportunities. Please note: If you are not chosen to participate in Take a Taste with Spoons or do not wish to apply, you are still eligible to apply for our other programs. Please indicate interest online.
What does my school pay for?
In most cases nothing. Spoons Across America makes every effort to supply a full curriculum including any additional materials needed. We work closely with each school to ensure that handouts or optional extended learning activities requiring photocopying, or a few small supplies, are available.
I am not a NYC public school, how do I bring Take a Taste with Spoons to my students?
Contact us for information.
This 3-session program will be implemented in classrooms across NYC from May 1 – June 15. Students explore the elements of taste and create snacks to enjoy at school and at home. Volunteers are partnered with a SAA Curriculum Leader, assisting in a one-hour class once a week for 3 weeks in each classroom to which you are assigned. Commitment to all 3 sessions in a particular classroom(s) is strongly preferred, but if you only able to volunteer once or twice, please sign up as well.
Volunteer Training Dates TBA
To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please specify the program of interest and neighborhood preference. Are you a current Spoons volunteer? Contact us to participate this year.