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Toolkits and Resources

Simply Good Eating for English Language Learners

Simply Good Eating Booklet


This free, downloadable curriculum helps nutrition educators provide a valuable learning experience for English Language Learners in nutrition, food safety, shopping, and cooking. This curriculum is also useful for a broader audience, including participants who speak English as their first language but have a low level of literacy.

Download the complete document (PDF) or browse the contents below.

View the poster about the curriculum's evaluation: Simply Good Eating for English Language Learners Program Demonstrates Positive Participant Outcomes (PDF).


Use the curriculum electronically or print as needed. This pdf is designed to be printed two-sided. If you print it one-sided, there will be some blank pages (backsides of worksheets, etc.).

These optional documents will help you assemble the curriculum in a binder:

  • Introduction (PDF)
    • Background
    • Components of the Lessons
    • Tips for the Educator
    • Notes for the ELL Teacher
    • Review and Writing Practice: What, Why, and How
  • Variety (PDF
    • Activity 1: Getting to Know Your Neighbor
    • Activity 2: Risk Game
    • Activity 3: Food as Fuel
    • Activity 4: Defining Variety
    • Activity 5: Variety Bingo
    • Activity 6: Meal Planning
    • Activity 7: Cooking
  • Beverages (PDF)
    • Activity 1: Why Should I Care about Sugar?
    • Activity 2: Where Is the Sugar?
    • Activity 3: Where Are the Nutrients?
    • Activity 4: Cooking
  • Fats (PDF)
    • Activity 1: The Good and the Bad of Fat
    • Activity 2: Choosing Healthy Fat
    • Activity 3: Cooking with Less Fat
    • Activity 4: Cooking
  • Spices (PDF)
    • Activity 1: What Is This Spice Called?
    • Activity 2: Cooking
  • Snacks (PDF)
    • Activity 1: Everyday and Sometimes Snacks
    • Activity 2: The Fat in Milk
    • Activity 3: Choking Hazards
    • Activity 4: Cooking
  • Your Growing Child (PDF)
    • Activity 1: What Is Everyone Saying about Breastfeeding?
    • Activity 2: Ages and Stages
    • Activity 3: Too Much of a Good Thing
    • Activity 4: Try It! You’ll Like It!
    • Activity 5: Big Food, Little Food
    • Activity 6: Cooking
  • Fruits and Vegetables (PDF)
    • Activity 1: What’s in My Fruits and Vegetables?
    • Activity 2: Eating for the Season
    • Activity 3: Fruit and Vegetable Identification
    • Activity 4: Cooking
  • Food Safety and Storage (PDF)
    • Activity 1: Container Identification
    • Activity 2: Where Would You Put This Food?
    • Activity 3: Safe Food from the Store
    • Activity 4: Understanding Dates and Labels
    • Activity 5: Cooking
  • Preparing Safe Food (PDF)
    • Activity 1: Hands and Germs
    • Activity 2: From Farm to Home
    • Activity 3: What Is Wrong with This Picture?
    • Activity 4: A Clean Kitchen Is a Safe Kitchen
    • Activity 5: Cooking
  • Microwave Safety (PDF)
    • Activity 1: How Does a Microwave Oven Work?
    • Activity 2: What Can I Put in the Microwave?
    • Activity 3: Cooking
  • Calcium (PDF)
    • Activity 1: Bones, Bones...
    • Activity 2: Where Is the Calcium?
    • Activity 3: Does Your Calcium Measure Up?
    • Activity 4: Cooking
  • Iron (PDF)
    • Activity 1: Iron Quiz
    • Activity 2: Where Is the Iron?
    • Activity 3: Why Iron?
    • Activity 4: Cooking
  • The Smart Shopper (PDF)
    • Activity 1: Where Do I Shop?
    • Activity 2: Where Do I Find It?
    • Activity 3: Unit Pricing
    • Activity 4: Product Comparison (includes cooking activity)
  • Evaluation (PDF)

Related resources

Toolkits and Resources — Activities and lesson plans for nutrition educators, teachers, and others interested in health education and increasing physical activity.

MyPlate for My Family — This educational program is designed to guide adults with limited reading skills in eating healthier foods and increasing physical activity.

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