Grades3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Brief DescriptionAs food critics, students follow directions to create culinary delights and then critique the recipes and the flavor of their products!
Keywordsfollowing directions, cooking, measuring, review, food, writing
Is the way to a student's heart through the stomach? This lesson seeks to capitalize on the healthy appetites of kids and their love of cooking to improve their skill in following directions. To get started, have your students talk about their cooking experiences, good and bad. What are the characteristics of a "good" recipe? What role does nutrition play? What is a nutritious food? For more information on nutritious foods, you may visit these resources, which include information worth passing on to your students:
Explain that the students are about to begin a three-part activity that involves food, following directions, and writing.
Have each student choose a recipe, either online or in print, that is both appealing and nutritious. For younger students, you may use the resources Recipes Kids Can Help Make and FamilyFun Recipes. Older students may prefer All Recipes. Other recipe sources are available online, but students should be aware that all selections must be appropriate and easily made in a home kitchen. You may steer children toward recipes that require ingredients commonly found in the kitchen and those that do not demand expensive or exotic materials and tools. Instruct the students to print or copy their recipes so that they may make them at home, with parental assistance as required. Finding a recipe is the first part of the student work, and making it at home is the second.
When students select their recipes, and you have approved them, discuss the third part of the assignment -- the review. In a written composition, the students should evaluate the effectiveness of a recipe's instructions and its taste. Questions to be considered may include
Reviews may feature the following elements, according to teacher preference:
Teachers may establish a reasonable due date for the assignment, which can be completed as homework. The writing portion might be done in class.
A composition that meets requirements in this assignment will contain all aspects of the review as selected by the teacher, will be based on an appropriate recipe, and will be presented in a manner consistent with student writing expectations.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES 6 - 8
NM-MEA.6-8.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
GRADES 9 - 12
NM-MEA.9-12.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
GRADES 5 - 8
NPH-H.5-8.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
GRADES 9 - 12
NPH-H.9-12.1 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention