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Family History Cooking Project

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Bronx Peer Conference Group (The afterschool Corporation)

Wendy Edge

1537 Washington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10457



Activity Description

Students read and check out stories on food. They take these books home to read with their parents. They then pick out a favorite family dish and discuss with their parents the history of the recipe. They write down both the history and the recipe itself in book format‚ along with illustrations. The books are bound& and the students put on a cooking/reading day to prepare their recipes and read their books.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 20

Range of Student Ages: First to fifth grade

Duration of Activity: 10 weeks

Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: Multiethnic

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Literacy Math Science
Students learn how to publish a book. They have the opportunity to read‚ write and learn family and cultural history The students also learn science through cooking; including ingredient use and measurement. They learn how to use the cooking equipment.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
Parents and students read‚ talk and exchange cultural lessons‚ all in the context of food. Learning about positive aspects of their culture‚ and sharing that information with peers increases the self-esteem of the students.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Students pick the recipes and illustrate‚ write‚ and design their books.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
Students become authors charged with sharing their cultural history with the community. They become not merely authors‚ but authorities. They become published.


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