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Let's Get Cooking

Leslie Gortemoller
Bay District Schools


Get ready for your students to learn more about their classmates' cultures. Your students will share their cultures through food tastings and presentations.


The student uses knowledge and experience to tell about experiences or to write for familiar occasions, audiences, and purposes.

The student speaks clearly and at a volume audible in large- or small-group settings.

The student knows some actions associated with good citizenship (for example, taking turns, sharing).


-Book: Dooley, Norah. [Everybody Cooks Rices]. Carolrhoda Books, Inc.1991.


-Become familiar with the book [Everybody Cooks Rices]
-Prepare classroom for sharing and eating on Tuesday- Friday.
-Download the checklist attached to this lesson.


1. Ask students, Does your family have a special meal that you eat at home? Does this meal have a special meaning to your family background? Allow time for discussion.

2. Tell students that in today's story, we will learn about many families that have special meals at dinner time.

3. Read [Everybody Cooks Rice].

4. Discuss the story and ask: Do all of the families eat the same kinds of meals? Do you think their meals are special to their family? Why? Name some meals that are special to your family.

5. Instruct the students that their homework assignment for the week is to think of a meal that is special to their families. They will need to prepare the meal and bring it in during the week for a class tasting. If the initial lesson is on Monday, the students can begin bringing in their meals on Tuesday. Therefore, a class of 20 could bring in their meals 5 students at a time per day. In addition, you may want the students' parents to accompany them during the presentation of their food dish.
Note: See attached Rubric that details requirements. In addition, you will need to distribute the checklist prior to the students bringing in their food dish.

6. In addition to the meal, the students will need to write a paragraph supporting their reasons for choosing the meal. They will read this paragraph when they present their meals.


1. Use the checklist to formatively assess the students progress in preparing their cultural food dish. Make sure that students know what they will be assessed on. Remind them to speak slowly and clearly so that the audience will be able to hear and understand.
Note: The checklist is attached to this lesson.
2. The student's completed paragraph will demonstrate their participation and knowledge of their culture. Note that an extension to this piece of the assessement could be associated with the class journal and writing criteria.
3. The student will read the paragraph that details their reason for choosing the food dish.


The students' paragraphs can be a part of their class journal or writing assessment.

Attached Files

The Food Dish Checklist.     File Extension: pdf

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