What is Organic?
Place of Learning: 
Distance Learning
Indoor Classroom
Kitchen Classroom
40 min
Grade Level: 
6 – 8
9 – 12

The Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

Many of us are familiar with the term organic. Even if we understand what the definition is, we don’t always take the time to explore what organic represents. In this lesson, you will explore and discuss your understanding of what organic is and what it represents to you.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 
  • Explore and discuss their understandings of what organic is and what it represents to them.
Teaching Notes: 
  • The purpose of this lesson is to create a dialogue about what organic represents and to clarify common misunderstandings about the definition of organic. Organic and regenerative agriculture are critical to developing a sustainable food system and reducing our detrimental impact on the planet. There are a multitude of complex issues within our food system that this lesson does not delve into. Later this school year we will release a curriculum on organic and regenerative agriculture to explore many of those complexities.
  • If this lesson is part of a class, we suggest teachers hold a class discussion as a large group. Please see our Organic Lesson: Tips on Facilitating Open Discussions [Teacher Resource] prior to teaching this lesson.
  • For sections that instruct students to READ, you can record yourself reading aloud and send it to students. Direct them to read along with the recording. This is a helpful strategy for differentiating learning that supports all students, especially English Language Learners.
  • If students are completing this lesson as part of the kitchen curriculum Cooking with Curiosity: Challenging Perfection with Reflection this lesson is 1.9. The ninth lesson of Unit 1.