Green Team Gazette 3.3 November 2010

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Published on March 13, 2014

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Green Team Gazette
Season 3, Issue 3
Nov. 2010

Top 5 Must-See Food DVD’s All of these shows should be mandatory viewing for all adults—especially educators!! You can find the first four through (several of which you can watch instantly). Parts of these movies might be worth showing to your classroom, given your students’ age. (Some have some language or some scenes that might be harsh for young eyes, so most certainly preview!) 1. Food, Inc. (2008) 2. Super-Size Me (2004) 3. King Corn (2007) 4. Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat (2008) 5. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (this 2009 series can be found on or Fish Free Fridays Unfortunately ocean toxins are making certain fish fall in the “dangerous food” category. Use the Plastiki fish info pages to give your students an opportunity to “read for information” to learn why some fish can be harmful ( Then invite them to either use the information to write persuasive/informative paragraphs or speeches. You also could turn the info into a Jeopardy style game! The Dirty Dozen Grocery Grid The “dirty dozen” has nothing to do with Dirty Harry. Rather, it has to do with the 12 fruits and vegetables that are best to buy organically if you are picking and chosing where to go organic in your grocery quest. It is the food in this list that tend to hold a higher level reason of chemicals (both pesticides & herbicides) than other grown edibles (as found at Introduce your students to the “dirty dozen” by giving each student a copy of page 2 of the Green Team Gazette. After reading the intro and the directions, invite your students to hunt for the 12 coordinates at the bottom of the page to find the 12 foods on the grid. The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 3, page 1 November 2010 Harvest Time The autumn brings to mind harvest time and Thanksgiving. It is the time we start to think about food,friends, fellowship, and all the things for which we are thankful. One thing most certainly to be thankful for is your health. Especially since Thanksgiving opens up a 6+ week season of parties, feasts, & often over-indulgence. It doesn’t help that portion sizes in America are a lot larger than they were in “days gone by.” According to the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), in 2002 the average American man weighed 191 pounds (up from 166.3 lbs in 1960) and the average female weighed 164.3 pounds (up from 1960’s 140.2 pounds). The same holds true for kids: A good place to start your discussion in a classroom is to show this chart and invite your students to start doing the math. Then, bounce from there into a conversation as to why Americans apparently are growing!! GTG Blog Archives A visit to the Green Team Gazette webpage and a click on “food” in the “GTG Cloud Labels” will give you a bundle of extra food/nutrition resources (http://green- The Green Team Gazette is a publication co-sponsored by the founders of CynerGreen CGKidz, and Eagle Cove School (formerly “Gibson Island Country School”), a Green School in Pasadena, Maryland. Our mission is to educate and share ways to “go green”—both big & small-- and be environ-mentally-proactive at home, in school, and beyond. It is written by Vicki Dabrowka, 3rd grade teacher & co-Green Team Leader at Eagle Cove School. To learn more visit,, and You can also follow us at or find us at “Green Team Gazette” on Facebook. Please print on recycled paper. Copyright © 2010 Vicki Dabrowka Weight 1960s 2002 2010 10 yr old boy 74.2 lbs nearly 85 lbs No info yet…but odds are, it’s trending up! 10 yr old girl 77.4 lbs nearly 88 lbs 15 yr old boy 135.5 lbs 150.3 lbs 15 yr old girl 124.2 lbs 134.4 lbs The Dirty Dozen Grocery Grid: The Answers Apples C1 Cherries E5 Grapes A4 Peaches F2 Celery A6 Bell peppers B2 Lettuce F6 Pears D2 Potatoes E7 Strawberries C6 Spinach D4 Nectarines B7

The “Dirty Dozen” Grocery Grid Use the coordinates below to find the 12 foods that you should always try to buy organic when you have the choice. Can you find the “Dirty Dozen.” 7 bananas nectarines avocado onion potatoes turnips 6 celery green beans strawberries tomatoes pumpkin lettuce 5 pineapple limes eggplant garlic cherries radishes 4 grapes cabbage blueberries spinach corn cucumber 3 carrots artichoke watermelon cantaloupe broccoli zucchini 2 plums bell peppers lemons pears cauliflower peaches 1 kiw mushrooms apples raspberries honeydew asparagus A B C D E F C1 _________________ E5 _________________ A4 __________________ F2 _________________ B7 __________________ D2 __________________ F6 _________________ C6 __________________ A6 ________________ E7 __________________ D4__________________ B2 __________________ retain a higher level of pesticides and herbicides used by farmers than other types of produce. Let's take a closer look, The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 3 , page 2 November 2010 Copyright © 2010 Vicki Dabrowka

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