Students will understand that culture is a set of life and group values and customs including language, religion, tradition, and stories.
Students will acknowledge the explanations of how and why certain natural phenomena came to exist through Mayan tales.
Students will understand the interdependence of life forms, food, and the environment.
Students will locate and present the impact of corn in other countries.


F.I.T. Family books to read at home with parents and younger siblings

  • Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan
  • Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  • Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
  • Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed by Lola Schaeffer
  • Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm by Deborah Hodge
  • Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food by Cris Peterson
  • Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
  • Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin




Aliki. (1976). Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers.

Butterworth, C. (2011). Illustrated by L. Gaggiottti. How Did that Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

Eamer, C. (2012). Illustrated by S. Boothroyd. The World in Your Lunchbox: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods. Toronto, Ontario: Annick Press.

Hodge, D. (2010). Photos by B. Harris. Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd.

Integrated Marketing Services. (2012). Fresh Produce Guide: 300(+) Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs. Apopka, FL: Integrated Marketing Services.

Micucci, C. (2009). The Life and Times of the Corn. New York: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

Peterson, C. (2010). Photos by D. Lundquist. Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Rhodes, J.P. (2013). Sugar. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Stevens, J. (1995). Tops & Bottoms. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.


Kessler, D. (2013). Your Food is Fooling You: How Your Brain is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Kingsolver, B. (2007). Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. New York: Harper Perennial.

Lehr, S. (1991). The Child’s Sense of Developing Theme: Responses to Literature. New York: Teachers College Press.

Louv, R. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Obama, M. (2012). American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York: Crown.

Pappas, C., Kiefer, B., and Levstik, L. (1999). An Integrated Language Perspective in the Elementary School: An Action Approach, Third Edition. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

Pollan, M. (2009). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition. New York: Dial Books.