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Get those kids brainstorming about the types of jobs or careers they'd love to have. Then have them dive into a career-focused research project. Pupils take an interest survey, discuss career clusters, then work through the provided worksheets to start researching a potential career. Additionally, they write a paper describing that career, why they want to pursue it, and what they need to do to reach their goals.
Students determine the qualifications for being a chef. In this job description lesson, students watch a video that describes the skills necessary to be a chef. They watch as the teacher models how to make pretzels before working in small teams to make their own. They discuss how they would feel doing this type of process on a daily basis.
Math and science come alive in this career-related instructional activity on sanitation. Along the way, learners explore bacterial growth rates using exponential notation and graphs. A link to a very brief, but vivid video shows just how quickly these critters multiply! After walking the class through the skills and formulas required, you can turn them loose with your choice of several worksheets.
Welcome to the café! Introduce beginning French speakers to food-related vocabulary and using the conditional tense to place an order. This plan gets your kids up and moving. They look at French menus, identify quantity expressions (like de la and du), and then play a game using their new vocabulary words. There's also a fun role-play activity that has learners step into the place of a presenter on a TV cooking show.
The lesson plan provides a richly detailed narrative and sample problems for teaching or reinforcing how to work with percentages. In particular, your audience will compute the costs per serving of food and simulate setting menu prices for the hospitality industry. This is a simple, yet tasty, resource to use in your middle school math classes or with a culinary elective.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question every kid has to answer quite often. Here is a lesson that will allow them to do some thinking about that very topic, and to learn about some professions they might consider trying. Groups of pupils are assigned a career. They must research that career, and come up with a presentation on it and deliver it to the class. There are 10 careers listed that they can choose from. Research is on the Internet. Great idea!
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.
One of the most difficult parts of getting a job, is the interview. Learners are each given a card with personal experience and information on it. They respond to an advertisement for a chef position at a Korean restaurant. Each person must role-play a mock interview using the information he/she received.
Favorite family recipes and cuisenaire rods are used to help learners understand fractions. They bring in recipes from home and then use their cuisenaire rods to model the fractional values needed to prepare various dishes. A great way to build interest while providing a concrete representation of the sometimes tricky concept of fractions.
After viewing a nutritious presentation on salads as any part of a meal, viewers participate in a paper-folding activity to prepare them to calculate ratios of salad dressing ingredients. As an assessment, they actually make a vinaigrette! This is a practical lesson for working with ratios that can be used in your math class, or a cooking elective.
Learners explore ways to promote safe driving on prom night. For this driver education lesson, students interview people about driving on prom night. Learners design a poster with their researched quotes and discuss the topic in the hallways as a promotion event for safe driving on prom night.
Pupils brainstorm the types of food they eat at home, discussing and comparing with the class. Students brainstorm and make a chart of questions that came out of the activity and their discussions. Pupils interview someone who immigrated to this country, focusing on cuisine, documenting the interview by taking notes or making a video.
High schoolers investigate the slow food movement through a reading and activity. In this slow food lesson, students read about the differences in fast food and slow food and the ties to sustainable agriculture. They nominate a local specialty as an important traditional food and apply their understanding of slow food in other activities.
Introduce your class to ghostwriting while practicing comprehension. From The New York Times' The Learning Network, this article covers the topic of ghostwriting for cookbooks. There are blank spaces and a word bank. Learners can use the word bank to fill in the spaces or try to fill in the blanks from memory after listening to or reading the original text.
Students research and prepare menus for a Renaissance Faire. In this Renaissance lesson, students research and present a PowerPoint Presentation on Renaissance cuisine. Students propose menus and collect recipes and then prepare the foods selected for a Renaissance Faire.