Begin by asking your students if they cook, and if they do, if they follow a recipe. You could have students read either “Fast Food: Bad for Your Health” or “Growing Up With Not Enough".* Then list some benefits of cooking your own food that are identified in the articles. Another fun discussion-starter on this topic is this short YouTube video by Michael Pollan “How Cooking Can Change Your Life” (2:29).
Example: I am missing 1 teaspoon of baking powder. I could substitute 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar.
- Gluten Free
- Nut Allergies
Example: I only can eat 200 calories of cookies. Each cookie has about 138 calories, so I can only eat one!
Discuss which of these online tools students think that they'd be most likely to use and why. What other situations might come up while preparing food that online tools might be able to help with?
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What other lessons related to food have you tried in your classroom? Share with us in the comments!