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Snack Preparation

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Jesus Perez

McKinley School 117 North 8th Street
El Centro, CA 92252

760-352-5712 x532


Activity Description

The purpose of this activity is for students to learn how to prepare a basic meal or snack with little or no assistance from an adult. Many students go home and don't have an adult present to prepare a healthy meal for them. This activity gives them the tools to be self-sufficient in preparing a meal.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 21

Range of Student Ages: Seven to nine years old

Duration of Activity: 12 weeks

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Literacy Math
The Cooking activity requires students to create their own recipe books. In creating their recipe books‚ students engage in reading‚ writing‚ and art. As students prepare their meal‚ they use their mathematics skills to measure the proper ingredients to make a meal or snack.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
Students constantly interact with the teacher. Cooperative learning is used while assembling their food. Cross-aged groups are formed‚ which creates a mentoring relationship among students. Students learn to collaborate and work together as a team.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
In all of the activities‚ students are given the opportunity to make decisions‚ from the creation of their recipe book and deciding on the food‚ to decorating the eating areas.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
In preparing their food‚ students receive little assistance from the teacher. In order to follow the recipe‚ students need to work as teams and take the initiative in achieving their goal.


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