The central focus of the content is on teaching students how to make typical cultural and celebratory food based on having studied recipes from different cultures and countries and making healthy food choices with a multicultural focus. The lesson will focus on teaching students the science of cooking. Students will be split into four groups of five students each to cook a culturally-relevant dish.
This lesson focuses on measurement skills and tools for volume (dry and liquid measure when cooking). These are foundational life skills that have applications for independent living. Cooking is also a participatory activity, so even those who do not eat orally can participate in the activities. Students will also explore adapted cooking tools that promote participation.
The standards most relevant to the learning goals are those that take the student's progress in the course into account. Therefore, rather than grade the student on course work completed, performance at the conclusion of the task will be given greater weight. The students are building their skills throughout the lesson and are expected to perform better at the end than the beginning.
Visualize relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects: Identify and compare three-dimensional objects that have volume. Life Skills Building Blocks for Measurement: Select units and use measurement tools accurately in the context of a daily living activity. Solve problems involving measurements. Nutrition and Food Preparation: Recognize and prepare or select basic foods that make up a balanced meal and are the foundations for a healthy lifestyle. Ounces, cups, gallons, pints–these are all measurement units associated with volume in our daily lives. Use the connections in the lessons to increase understanding and make comparisons of these measures. Vary the items each week to continue to make association of these units. Use the lesson’s problem scenarios to determine greater than (>), less than (<) and equal (=).
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