open source curriculum


open source curriculum

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

          — George Bernard Shaw


It's obvious I like apples, but what I really like are ideas.  Everyone is better at their job and their purpose when they contribute.  Open Source Curriculum is a forum to share.  Write to me to share your health-related resource with others on this site.   


by Hanna

by Hanna

CACIS- Come Add Color In Schools

I created and ran this project combining art and nutrition in Ukiah, California (click on photos below).  My goal is that others will run this simple project.  No nutrition or art background is necessary.  Email me here for the lesson plan, and please send photos of what your group creates.      


Working in schools, I noticed cafeteria walls were mostly empty, then learned it wasn't anyone's job to decorate them. Why not cover the walls with something pleasing to the eye created by the students themselves?  I saw a need, and created CACIS. The five day lesson plan includes art + nutrition.  The finished product is a giant piece that hangs in the cafeteria of the students who painted it.  Their peers see it every day they dine in the cafeteria - this is what I call ethical marketing

Details of the project: Each day of the 5 day plan, fruits and vegetables of one color are brought to the classroom, for the students to use as models to make a 1 x 1 foot painting.  A nutrition lesson, then art lesson is taught to them, and they begin to paint the fruits and vegetables.  Students snacked on apples covered in lemon juice and cinnamon while they worked, and took home bags of leftover vegetables.  Yes - they did fight over broccoli - because it was used in a fun activity.  

1. Red  -->  radishes, strawberries, raspberries, apples-->  each student paints one item

2. Orange  -->  tangerine, pumpkin, carrots, peaches  -->  each student paints one item

3. Yellow  -->  bananas, lemons, onions, potatoes  -->  each student paints one item

4. Green  -->  kale, broccoli, kiwi, limes, peppers  -->  each student paints one item

5. Purple  -->  cabbage, beets, figs, grapes, plums  -->  each student paints one item


Teacher plus a helper!  Glue all together and hang on the wall.  You are done.  




by many

by many

view other's resources, or send yours in to share.

 - Shared resources -

Funny explanation how the vegan diet can be both doable and good for you.

audience: general public

9 minutes

written and presented by Ryan Thibodaux, Registered Dietitian (RD)

Socioeconomic reasoning for food deserts, which may contribute to chronic disease.

audience: general public

3 minutes

Video produced and created by Megan Lardner

Music composed by Chris Child

subject of a resource could be:  nutrition, culinary, mental health, exercise, etc . . .


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