Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Its a battle of culinary creativity when a nursery rhyme character competes against a famous chef on a popular cooking show. In just 45 minutes, the contestants must create delicious dishes using a very unique food. When the judges votes are tallied, the outcome astonishes everyone. Whose dishes will come out on top?
Roles: Narrator, Fiona Fennel, Susanna Speed, Edgar Langoustine, Bakers Man, Farmer in the Dell, Timekeeper, Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater, Little Miss Muffet, Queen of Hearts, Jack Sprat, Sugar Plum Fairy, Audience
Setting: present day, television studio
Theme(s): cooking, food
Props: (Optional) toy or student-made microphone (paper, cardboard or other available materials) for Fiona Fennel; aprons or smocks, toy pots or pans for the contestants; white tablecloth, sheet or other cloth for the Farmer in the Dell; paper, pens or pencils for the judges; paper plates, plastic knives, forks and spoons
Encourage students to investigate fiddlehead ferns and fiddlehead fern recipes online.
Invite students to share their experiences in cooking or helping to prepare meals. Ask them to list the skills they used. Then have students to list the qualifications they think a chef needs. You also might have students write about some unusual foods theyve eaten. Tell students to describe how the foods tasted, smelled and felt in their stories.
The Education World lesson planning article Where Did Foods Originate? encourages students to investigate food origins and how early explorations to the Americas changed the diets of people in various parts of the world.
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Article by Cara Bafile
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