Celebrating Culture Through Food
Calavera Hills Middle School, Carlsbad, California | Designing Teacher: Brooke Tobia

In the “Celebrating Culture through Food” project Students created a cookbook with other classmates with recipes that were derived from their own culture. Each recipe showed the correct proportions in order to feed a crowd. Students connected with the history and culture of the food, studying its nutritional values and its physical and mental effects on the body.

Essential Question: How does food foster relationships and promote cultural awareness?

Final Product: 320-page published cookbook

Key Academic Skills and Content: fractions, decimals, ratios (math); narrative and informative writing  (english); world cultures and historical influences (history); cells and human bodily functions (biology)

Suggested Duration: 3 weeks

 

 

Created with the support of the California Department of Education California Career Pathways Trust


Final Products: What the Students Made
Final Products: What the Students Made

The students produced a 320-page cookbook containing recipes that represented various elements of their families’ cultures.

Core Practice 1: Planning and Calendaring
Core Practice 1: Planning and Calendaring

Planning and calendaring a project, can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Using tools like the Funnel Method, project descriptions and Post-Its, can make the planning process much more effective, efficient and yes, even enjoyable!

Core Practice 2: Project Launch
Core Practice 2: Project Launch

Launching a project can and should be an exciting part of the project process.

In this video are some tips for ensuring a effective project launch, based on my experience in this project!

Core Practice 3: Authentic Assessment
Core Practice 3: Authentic Assessment

Use authentic assessments within the project to help keep the skills students are learning meaningful and relevant.  No need to make up problems, when we have real ones we have to solve right in front of us!

 

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