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A Love of Recipes
Everyone loves looking through cookbooks and recipes. This can turn into an educational experience for students.
Half of a Recipe
Kids love to cook! What is a better place to learn mixed numbers than with a recipe? It is up to learners to decide how they want to divide this recipe in half. They may choose to model the mixed number and then divide the model by two. Maybe it is easier for them to graph on a number line and then mark the half-way point. Or a straight computation of multiplying by one half could be their choice. Any way your number crunchers dice it up, they need to use critical thinking in order to complete this exercise.
Young scholars cook up their own fabulous recipe book. In this early childhood cooking and math lesson plan, students develop math, science, and language skills as they make a class cookbook of their favorite recipes.
After interviewing family members, elementary and middle schoolers type up a family recipe using the Smart Notebook template provided. Then they should use the Kidspiration template to write a narrative about their recipe, along with illustrations. Next, they publish their work on the Student Publish website. Note: If your class does not have access to any of these programs, you can modify the lesson plan to fit your classroom accordingly.
Making a Recipe Booklet: Applying Mathematical Skills to Real Life Situations: Recipes
In this math application worksheet, students make a recipe booklet by finding interesting recipes in magazines, newspapers, or recipe books. They determine how to double the recipe and rewrite it to include in the booklet which they make. They complete their work based on the rubric which is on the last page.
A Recipe for Reading: Asian Style Rice and Eggs
Sixth graders investigate rice. In this recipe lesson, 6th graders read and write about and cook with rice. Students reflect on the experience eating rice at home or in other ethnic foods.
Recipe Formats - Level II
A recipe, no matter its format, gives ingredients and instructions for a specific food so that the food item tastes the same every time. See Preface Materials:
This is a great find! A well-organized list of links to over 50 edible recipes are great for use in any classroom, after school program, home school, or summer school setting. Recipes range from sugary and sweet to fresh and fruity, and some are even intended as edible art.
Here is a sweet way to bring real-world fractions into the classroom. Fifth graders work in pairs to combine differing amounts of same ingredients from two recipes involving addition of fractions with an unlike denominator. The real treat of this activity is not just the engaging way it hooks young learners, but teachers will be excited about the complete and thorough lesson plan, homework, and other documents.
Using Recipes to Add Fractions and Convert Improper Fractions to Proper Fractions or Mixed Numbers
Students use recipes to add fractions and convert improper fractions to proper fractions and mixed numbers. In this fraction lesson plan, students watch a video on someone making a recipe and compare and change the recipes to fit the fractions they are supposed to make.
Vegetable Soup: A Reverse Recipe
Students create a recipe for vegetable soup by naming its ingredients. In this early childhood health and food lesson, students identify a variety of fruits and vegetables and how they are grown and harvested, and identify the connection between food served in the home with regional food production.
Students devise a recipe for snack mix using four of the given ingredients. They use one cup measuring cups to mix the four ingredients in plastic zipper bags. Next, they write their ingredients on a recipe card, and as a class they discuss how each scoop was one cup therefore their recipe mix is equal to four cups.
Huckleberry Trail Mix
Give your mathematicians the recipe for Huckleberry Trail Mix and have them calculate amounts needed to make mass quantities of this snack. They need to employ ratio and unit rate reasoning in order to solve the problem. A worksheet for the children and facilitator notes are provided. This assignment will end up being a treat for you since it will save you some precious planning time!
Fractions and Recipes
Students examine how fractions are used in everyday life. They select a recipe from the Internet, double and half the recipe, adjust the recipe to serve 20 people, and create a poster to present their recipe information and fraction conversions.
Measurement and Conversion of Units in a Recipe
In a cross-curricular measurement and literacy instructional activity, your class will identify and compare cooking measurement instruments. They read a recipe and sequence a set of similar instructions in which the steps have been mixed up. Additionally, they practice measurement conversion and ratio while solving a word problem that asks the students to use only a tablespoon to estimate their measurements while following a cookie recipe.
Following a Recipe
Learners create a cookbook. In this recipe and writing lesson, students brainstorm the skills necessary to follow a recipe, watch a cooking show and write down a recipe used. Learners use a word processing program to write a paragraph explaining how to make their chosen item. Students assemble their writings to create a class cookbook.
In this reading a recipe worksheet, students read a paragraph and then examine a recipe. Students respond to 10 short answer questions regarding the information.
Stir Up a Character Analysis Recipe
What ingredients make up a character? A cup of honesty, a dash of humor, a pinch of cynicism? Based on real cookbooks they review in class, learners at any grade level three and up write recipes to describe characters familiar to your class. Others try to decipher who the recipe describes.
Students read a simple recipe and follow the directions on simple boxed foods.
Recipe for Success
Third graders access prior knowledge of the areas of the library. In this electronic card catalog lesson, 3rd graders understand how to find recipe books using the electronic card catalog. Students search the cards for information that helps them pick books.