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Big Ideas: A New Alignment with Academic Standards

Big Ideas: A New Alignment with Academic Standards

A Center for Ecoliteracy – National Geographic partnership.

This addition to the Center for Ecoliteracy’s Big Ideas suite of resources was created for publication on the National Geographic Education website in conjunction with National Geographic magazine’s 2014 series of articles, “The Future of Food.” Big Ideas (2014) identifies key concepts that link food, culture, health, and the environment.

Big Ideas  aligns these concepts with the following recent academic standards:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life Standards (also  known as C3)
  • National Health Education Standards
  • California Nutrition Competencies (from Nutrition Education Resource Guide for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve)

Download Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment: A New Alignment with Academic Standards PDF [6mb]


A previous Big Ideas (2008) provided an extensive conceptual road map based on benchmarks of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and linking food, culture, health, and the environment.

The Future of Food series (May – December 2014) traced the development of our dominant food system and associated issues, and profiled promising strategies to create systems for nourishing ourselves while serving people, communities, and the natural environment.

The Big Ideas resources are published by Learning in the Real World™, the publishing imprint of the Center for Ecoliteracy.


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