Okay, so I lived through my first year of teaching high school. I lived, and I signed on for another. And then immediately began planning and dreaming about how next year, oh next year was going to be so much different.
One goal I have is to increase awareness of healthy snack options for my students. I came up with this project on the fly last year and ran with it. It needs some refining, but we're doing it again this year.
I told my students, we're going to make recipes that have three criteria:
1. They are cheaper than fast food.
2. They take 5 minutes to make.
3. They are healthier versions of snacks you already like to eat.
4. (Bonus point) You will get to eat these snacks in class.
This upcoming year, I'd like to give the students the option to research what recipes to try, giving them more control over the project. I'd also like to have them analyze nutritional content for each recipe this time around. Anyway, here's the basic plan:
Objective: Students will taste one healthy recipe per week. Students will analyze the recipe and make suggestions for modifications.
Materials needed: 3 x 5 index cards, construction paper, ingredients for recipes
1. Once a week, at the start of class, I demonstrated the entire procedure for making a healthy recipe. Students took notes on what ingredients I used, amounts, and procedures on the index card. They would tape the index card to a blank piece of construction paper.
2. Students each tasted the final result of the recipe. On a second index card, they answered the following questions: Describe the taste of this recipe. Did you like it? Why or why not? Would you make it at home? What changes to this recipe would you make if you were making it for yourself? They then added this "recipe review" card to their sheet of construction paper.
3. Students added one recipe page per week to their notebooks. At the end of the semester, they completed a Wellness Notebook introduction page, in which they reviewed all of their recipes and summarized the results. The entire project was turned in at semester's end.
Now, I want to say: my first year of teaching was all about survival. This means I didn't take any photos of this fantastic project. I promise to take more photos of future projects! I will include one or two of the recipes we used in a future post.
Let me know if you have recipe ideas for us! I'd like to hear your feedback!
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