CLASSROOM – Grain-Free

National Day Calendar Classroom - February- Grain Free
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)

CLASSROOM – Grain-Free

National Grain-Free Day on the calendar reminds us that not everyone can eat the same things, even in the classroom. That’s why this week we take a look at not only gluten sensitivities but at other sensitivities and allergies that may impact our students. While in some cases they may be minor annoyances, we all know in others they can be life-threatening. When we’ve taken all precautions, the allure of an ice cream cone when we can’t have milk or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when we can’t have peanuts sometimes makes us feel left out.

This week’s project looks at food substitutions that may help to ease not only the cravings but the longing to have the things we shouldn’t.


Download and print this week’s project. Discuss with your students about food allergies and sensitivities. While some students may not feel like discussing their personal experiences with the class, they may find they are not alone with their concerns.

Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.


We’ve compiled a list of food substitutions that may work for a variety of food sensitivities or allergies. The worksheet can help students learn about food choices and how people who have dietary limits adjust their lifestyles.

Food Substitutions

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