Tag Archives: cooking in the classroom

Cook the Common Core

Cook the Common Core
I keep forgetting that some people totally freak out when they hear anything about Common Core standards.  I recently shared show excited I was to be speaking at the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Conference on Facebook.  When I said that my workshop would be called "Cook the Common Core," someone replied, "Oh no!"  I didn't put two and two together, and asked her why she responded that way.  Her simple reply was, "you mentioned something about common core." My...

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Valentine's Day: Senses of Love Tasting Activity...

Valentine’s Day: Senses of Love Tasting Activity
Kids love holidays.  Even many adults love them - although these days, I often forget they are even approaching.  Maybe that's a sign that I am nearing my mid 40's.  I mean 20's.  Anyway...as a teacher (and parent), I always found that the holidays were an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the kids' enthusiasm and have a teachable moment.  With Valentine's Day approaching, it's the perfect time to do a science activity to learn about the Senses of Love.  Yep, love.  Of course, you...

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Making Potato Latkes with Kids (+ Holiday Sale)

Making Potato Latkes with Kids (+ Holiday Sale)
One year, when my daughter was young, I was invited to her classroom to make Potato Latkes, a traditional recipe for Hanukkah.  Before I knew it, teachers and students from all over campus were following their noses to our room hoping for a taste! Latkes are an excellent recipe to make with students because there is a lot of work involved.  It seems counterintuitive that you would want recipes that have many steps when working with kids.  However, when there is an entire room filled with...

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Top 15 Reasons Kids Should Cook In the Classroom...

Top 15 Reasons Kids Should Cook In the Classroom
As a teacher who faces a deluge of job requirements, you might squirm at the thought of adding anything else to your curriculum.  How would it be possible to integrate a labor intensive activity like cooking into your already overwhelming workload?  What if I told you that cooking in the classroom isn't "extra"?  What if I could convince you that it would actually enrich and reinforce what you are already teaching? Cooking is the epitome of Common Core.  Love 'em or hate 'em, Common Core standards...

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Cooking with Kids - Making Soup and Chili to Fee...

Cooking with Kids – Making Soup and Chili to Feed the Hungry
[caption id="attachment_4294" align="aligncenter" width="537"] Making Soup with our local 4-H Club[/caption] Soup is a food that can fuel your soul.  On a cold day, it's like getting a warm hug, from the inside out.  It's also the perfect food to prepare in a group, demonstrating the collaborative nature of cooking, as it should be.  One of my favorite memories of cooking with children in the classroom is when my son's teacher invited me to make Stone Soup with her class.  Every student shared...

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Classroom Cooking: Tips for Using a Blender with...

Classroom Cooking: Tips for Using a Blender with Kids + Easy Carrot Soup
While a nice blended cocktail might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about using a blender, it can be used in the classroom for more appropriate recipes... Safety Tips for Using a Blender with Kids Find a safe location for the blender, so that your kids can reach it but not where they can trip on the cord and send the whole contraption skidding across the floor. Fingers and blades don't mix (duh!), so be sure that when kids add ingredients, they pour them in, while...

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Stone Soup: A Thanksgiving Lesson for Kids

I am deeply honored that this post is featured in the Holiday Roundup at Oprah.com. During the past few weeks, my son's class has been reading various versions of Stone Soup.  In case you don't know the story, it is an old French tale about three hungry soldiers who use trickery to convince the inhabitants of a village to provide them with the ingredients for a feast.  At first, the villagers were afraid, but they were intrigued by the soldiers, who told them that they were going to prepare...

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Cooking without a kitchen

It is comical when a school calls me and asks about our after-school cooking program, but then follows up with the question, "Do you require a kitchen for your class?"  You would think that a "cooking class" would need a kitchen, but I have come up with a variety of solutions that allow What's Cooking to keep running our after-school classes...even without a kitchen! Of course, it is ideal when my teachers and I get to teach in a real kitchen.  But over the years, we have gotten more and more...

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Teacher Tips for Cooking in the Classroom

Just ask anyone who has cooked anything recently and they will tell you that the kitchen is an ideal place to reinforce what our children are learning in school.  Measuring, estimating and counting reinforce math skills.  Predicting, observing and causing chemical/physical changes in food are the fodder of scientific learning.  Tasting and preparing foods from around the globe are an ideal way to learn about other cultures.  And cooking with healthy and seasonal ingredients models healthy eating,...

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