Lesson Plan : Recipes in various communities

Teacher Name:
 Nathalie Beullens-Maoui
Grade:
 Grade 3
Subject:
 Interdisciplinary

Topic:
 Rice in recipes from different countries
Content:
 Increasing serving sizes in recipes (multiplication); inferring serving according to portion (math); comparing and finding similarities, charting common ingredients; finding synonyms for words like stirring, spooning; analyzing what pouring (liquid), melting (from solid to liquid); boiling (liquid to vapor), what would make liquid to solid? Class cookbook (home recipes) project; visiting a soup kitchen.
Goals:
 Seeing that we are all different but we all have things in common. Being able to analyze data (recipes) finding things in common and charting. Seeing numbers in and being able to convert portions. Looking for verbs related to cooking and finding synonyms. Parent participation and group project, reiterating the fact that we all have something in common. Realizing the importance of numbers.
Objectives:
 Working as a group to analyze data, finding commonalities.Inferring (liquid to solid; serving size by comparing to other recipes)
Materials:
 Map, cards with photo and name of dish in the front and flag of country and recipe in the back). Blank data chart. Heavy duty paper. Color pencils and pens. Books: Holy Enchilada! by Henry Winkler.
Introduction:
 Presentation of photos. "What do yo see this pictures have in common?" - all rice dishes. What country do yo think they come from?
Development:
 After letting them guess, show the students the other side of the card and they will see the flag of the country, have them call out the country.
Practice:
 Form groups and distribute recipe cards to all groups. Have them read the recipes. Bring out blank chart and ask them to look at common ingredients (besides the rice) and count how many recipes have each ingredient. Have them look at portions and adjust them to serve more. One recipe has no serving size, make them infer what it is by comparing it to other recipes. Ask about the importance of numbers and read out-loud Holy Enchilada.
Checking For Understanding:
 By observation, and calling out of responses. Did they find commonalities? Were they able to change portions? Did they identify the verbs correctly and found equivalents?
Closure:
 Have students bring recipes from home and create a class cookbook for # of students. Ask if they would like to find more recipes from other countries.
Evaluation:
 The ongoing process of the lesson and the final cookbook with different portions and told in their own words will show whether they understood the vocabulary, the importance of numbers, and appreciate the different cultures.

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