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Ft Worth I.S.D. (21st CCLC D. McRae)
Sue Matkin/Leslie Brown
100 North University Drive Suite 232NE
Fort Worth, TX 76107
The Book n' Cook program involves literature based, hands on cooking activities that promote literacy through cooking. Book 'n Cook uses books and videos to teach children a variety of math and science concepts, as well as an appreciation for reading and literature. Children from prekindergarten through second grade are involved in the activities, which teach a variety of responsibilities such as gathering materials, cleaning up, and working cooperatively.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: Thirty
Range of Student Ages: Four to six
Duration of Activity: Two hours
Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: The students, in general, have low scoioeconomic status. The activity involves a high percentage of minorities.
What is the academic content of this activity?
This program helps build young students' skills in many academic areas. Connecting the cooking activities to books (literature and cookbooks) helps students with some elementary reading. Cooking the recipes helps them practice their math skills, particularly with measurement, and their science skills as they predict and observe what is going to happen to the food. Students also learn many non-academic skills, including how to work cooperatively and how to follow directions in sequential order. The activity helps the students build self-confidence as they see the results of their hard work.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
This activity develops a positive rapport between teachers and students to provide a safe conductive learning environment. Children will be able to use the recipes learned in class and take them home to share with others. There is a great deal of relationship-building between the students and the teachers. Not only do the students have to communicate, share, and get along with each other, they must also do this with their teachers. In addition, a rapport is created between the students and teachers, since the same students see these teachers for a two-hour block once a week for three weeks. This carries over to the relationships these students and teachers have outside the class, because they know each other better and are able to communicate better with others.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Students are involved in the selection of literature, brainstorming ingredients used in cooking activity, and predicting outcomes based on prior experiences.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
Students' confidence and self-esteem will increase, which will enable them to become risk takers and more willing to accept challenges. Students work collaboratively, but also perform individual tasks in making a recipe that enable them to feel responsible for their results.