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A Taste of Asia: Banana Pancakes and Other Recipes

Subject: Language Arts, Math, Geography
Grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


Brief Description

Students follow recipes to prepare banana pancakes and other foods that are common in some Asian American cultures.


Students follow recipe directions to prepare some typical Asian American foods.


banana, pancake, Asia, Asian American, recipe, food, culture, China, Japan, Malaysia

Materials Needed


  • a world map, a globe, or the site noted in the lesson
  • computers with Internet access (optional)
  • for banana pancakes: flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, ripe bananas, castor sugar or superfine sugar, granulated sugar, salt, oil

Lesson Plan


  • Ask students to name different ways they eat bananas. Ask students whether they have had bananas in pancakes. Explain that they will prepare banana pancakes, a popular recipe from Malaysia.
  • Show students Malaysia on a world map, globe, or at the CIA World Factbook 2000 -- Malaysia Web page.
  • Link to Banana Pancakes for the recipe.

Extension: Check out additional recipes from other Asian American cultures.


Evaluate students' abilities to follow recipe directions and work together in a group.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:


Social Sciences: