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Design a box to hold yummy recipes from diverse family food traditions. Collect them in the classroom and around the world.
Everybody comes home asking, "What’s for dinner?" but the answers that kids get can be very different depending upon family food traditions. In Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley, Carrie samples a wide variety of meals being cooked in her neighborhood. Families are from Vietnam, China, Haiti, Puerto Rico, India, Barbados, and Italy. Although the ingredients and favors are very different, each household is cooking with rice.
Collect recipes: Invite students to talk about the origins of their families’ food traditions. What common foods, such as rice or bread, can be identified?
Students select favorite family recipes to share with classmates. On an index card, students copy the family recipe with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Encourage them to also draw the country’s flag associated with the recipe next to the dish’s name. Students share their recipes with classmates. Invite students to Copy several other students’ recipes that look enjoyable.
Design a recipe box: Students cut brightly colored paper with Crayola Scissors to cover a recycled tissue box. Use Crayola School Glue to attach the paper.
Draw cooking utensils, food sources, and flags. Cut them out and glue them on the recipe box.
Continue to garnish the box using Crayola Washable Markers and other decorative materials such as aluminum foil (to carry out the cooking theme). At home, students ask family cooks to make several new recipes.
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