- chart paper and marker
- large oaktag
- construction paper
- markers and crayons
- cooking utensils
- recipe ingredients
- book: The New Batch by Jerry Tello (Scholastic Inc.)
Objective: Children will develop math, science, and language skills as they make a class cookbook of their favorite recipes.
- 1. Read The New Batch and ask children to describe foods that they love to eat. How do they feel when eating their favorite foods? Who prepares their favorite foods? Are there special foods that they like to eat when they are not feeling well? Develop a language experience chart that reflects the children's responses. Review the responses and encourage children to notice the similarities or differences that exist among their responses.
- 2. Explain to children that they will make some of their favorite foods during the class cooking activities. Tell children that you will send a note home requesting that families send in their child's favorite recipe.
- 3. Write children's recipes on large sheets of oaktag. Leave space for children to illustrate the recipe ingredients using pre-cut shapes to represent measuring cups, spoons, oil bottle, baking soda container, and so on. Assist children in gluing the appropriate pictures next to the recipe ingredients. (Use this activity to strengthen children's numeracy awareness and counting skills.)
- 4. Create a schedule with children to prepare their recipes. Gather ingredients and necessary utensils. You may also want to invite a family member to join in the preparation of the child's recipe. Each child can lead the recipe preparation on the day that his recipe is featured. Photograph the activity to document the project.
Literacy: Feel-Good Cookbook. Use children's recipes to create a class cookbook. Give children their recipe page along with drawing materials. Invite them to decorate their recipe page and create a drawing of their recipe on the reverse side of the paper. Children can include dictations. You may also want to include pictures taken during the cooking projects. Make three holes along the left-hand side of each recipe page using a hole-punch and bind each page together with small binder rings. Photocopies of the cookbook can be sent home as a gift for each family.
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