Activity Plan 3-4: Family Foods
Delicious family traditions become an "open book" with this family-foods activity.
- Grades: PreK–K
- books that focus on multicultural food concepts such as This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch by Edith Baer (Scholastic Inc.), Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley (Scholastic Inc), and Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley (Random House, 1995)
- lined story paper and oaktag
- glue stick
- pencils, markers, and crayons
- bookbinding materials (hole punch, binder rings, ribbon, stapler)
- chart paper
Objective: Children will develop literacy skills and cultural awareness as they create a classroom book about the different types of foods they eat at home.
1 First, read a multicultural book about food. Engage the class in a book talk following the reading to compare the foods they eat with those presented in the book.
2 Ask children to share information about their favorite family meal. What foods do they eat at this meal? Do they eat a special type of bread? Is this meal eaten on special occasions? Who cooks the food? Is there a special way that the food is prepared? Record their responses on chart paper. Compare their answers to highlight differences and similarities.
3 Explain that they will make a classroom book about their favorite family meals. Provide them with lined story paper and writing and drawing materials. Ask them to draw a picture of their favorite family meal. Assist them in writing their description of their family meal, including the foods eaten, family members depicted, and occasion or celebration.
4 Glue their pictures onto sheets of oaktag to make the pages of the book sturdy. Ask children to create a title and cover for their book, then bind the pages together.
5 Read the book to the class and invite each child to read her page. Encourage the children to describe what they learned. How many families eat the same or similar foods? How many families eat similar foods but have different names for the foods? How many different types of breads do they eat? What else do they notice about their family meals?
6 Keep the book in the classroom library for children to read again. Don't forget to share the book with family members when they visit the class!
Optional: Invite children to record the story onto a cassette. They can each take a turn reading their page. Place the book and cassette in the listening area.
Curriculum Connection: HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Eating Healthy. Engage children in a discussion about healthy food choices when choosing snacks. Make a list of all of the healthy snack foods that they eat. Then, provide them with drawing materials to make pictures about healthy snacks. Ask children to dictate information about their drawings. Display their work to highlight healthy eating habits. Ask them to choose several of their favorite healthy snacks and incorporate them into your classroom cooking activities or snack menu.