Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Top 15 Edible Lessons

Have you ever looked out into the faces of the your students to see blank stares, wondering eyes, fiddling fingers, or students snoring?  I think it happens to all of us!  Also, do your students want snack time right after they walk in the door?  Do you find someone sneaking their snack or part of their lunch during class?  How about this....do you get hungry throughout the day and want to sneak a snack?  I know I do!

Sooooooo.......here is some food for thought:

Why not use food for motivation?  I know your pocket can't afford to use food for every lesson, but maybe one a month?  If you are in a district where parents are involved, get their help!  I can honestly say that my students have come back to visit after several years and still remember those lessons with food!  Here are some recipes for success in all subject areas:



1.  EXPLORERS AND CHOCOLATE
After a lesson on explorers and the value of a cocoa bean, we made our very own chocolate bars.  Click for directions!    How to Make a Chocolate Bar with Students




2.  PARAGRAPH WRITING AND HAMBURGER CUPCAKES
Of course since my passion is writing, I love serving hamburgers when teaching paragraph writing, but if you are a sweet freak, you will love the fact that Walmart sells hamburger cupcakes!  No lie!  I was just there today and you can get some loaded or unloaded (just ketchup and mustard icing) hamburger cupcakes.  Here is a pic of a loaded hamburger.






3.  CHARACTER TRAITS AND SKITTLES
Use skittles for a character traits lesson!  Make sure you have extras to taste!

  



4.  FRACTIONS AND SNACKS
See Jennifer William's post on how she uses snacks to teach fractions!   Fraction Fun with Snacks.  I've also seen fractions done with Hershey Bars, Kit Kat Bars and Pizza!  Make sure there are extras to taste!





5.  CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD PROJECT AND INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR
We like to do this after our Christmas Around the World project.  I give my students extra credit for bringing in a food item from the countries they studied.  I laugh every time because parents aren't shy to bring in things the kids won't touch with a ten-foot spoon!  The parent volunteers and I will taste it though!  Yum!  Click for more info!  International Food Fair Blogpost




6.  CIVIL WAR AND HARDTACK
When teaching Civil War, make some hardtack with your students!  Just like any part of history or culture, when you make or serve food to enhance the lesson, students will remember!  Their tummies will thank you too!  How to Make Civil War Hard Tack





7.  TAXES AND M&M'S   



1.  Appoint roles to three students (King of England, representative from Parliament, tax collector). Have them sit facing the rest of the class in the front of the room.

2.  Give each student at their seats one snack pack of M&M's.  Tell them they are not to eat the M&M's until the end of the activity.  (Have an extra pack for each student)  The M&M's represent money and they just got paid for their jobs.  However, they need to put some aside for taxes!

3.  Start naming off things that will be taxed (wearing shorts, necklace, hat, holding a pen, whatever). You can even tax more than one M&M for an item.  This is when the students get fired up for losing their M&M's!

4.  Together, count up all the M&M's collected for taxes.  Then divide it- tax collector 10%, 50% representative from Parliament, 40% to the king.

5.  Discuss feelings over losing money to these people!

6.  Then pass out extra pack to eat!

Wahhhlaaaaa!  Fun eating and learning!



8.  BOSTON TEA PARTY AND SWEET TEA!
When studying the Boston Tea Party, don't forget to serve some tea!  Of course I live in the south and that is what we drink here.  You can always serve hot tea or unsweet tea!




9.   MOON PHASES AND OREOS


Genius right?  I've seen this on Pinterest and Google.  What a fun way to teach the moon phases!  This picture is from Mr. Benson's Science Classroom.  



10.  ESTIMATING, MEASURING, COUNTING, GRAPHING AND PUMPKIN SEEDS



My partner did this for many years.  It is messy but loads of fun and educational!  I googled it and found it on Scholastic-   The Pumpkin Project




11-  AUTHOR'S PURPOSE AND PIE 
Bake a pie with this awesome lesson!



12.  BUNNICULA AND CHOCOLATE CAKE



In the book, Bunnicula, Harold the scruffy dog loves chocolate cake.  Why not make a chocolate cake and give everyone a piece?  You will find food in most books so take advantage of it!  Before you know it, every time you read a book, one of your students will ask if they could bring in a snack to represent it!



13.  DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AND BANANAS WITH GRAHAM CRACKERS
I'm really glad I don't have pictures for this one!  Gross!  I love how the authors of the lesson plans refer to the 'poo'.  Ha!  I haven't done this experiment with my own class, but Jenn from The Teacher Next Door told me about doing it in her class.  I bet students will remember this one!  I found an awesome Step-by-Step Lesson plan for you!   Lesson Plan Link for Digestive System Science



14.  MODEL 3-D SOLID SHAPES AND MARSHMALLOWS 
All you need are marshmallows and toothpicks!  Students create cubes, prisms, and pyramids.  See how large you can make them!  Make sure to have extras for munching!



15.  AREA/PERIMETER AND CHEEZ ITS 


In order, have students create squares, rectangles, and irregular polygons using Cheez Its.  Require them to indicate the area and perimeter each time.  Differentiate:  Assign students (who are ready for a challenge) an area and perimeter and ask them to construct the mystery shape!  Don't forget to give them extras to taste!


Or...simply use food as a motivation to achieve a class goal!  
Reach an academic goal and get a taco party or reach a behavior goal and get an ice cream party or reach a fundraising goal for a pizza party!

Yum!   I think I am ready to go munch on something...maybe some chocolate for my sweet tooth?  What is your recipe for success?




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