Reflection: Student Ownership Food Observations - Section 1: Warm Up


Many foods that students choose to include on their lists are linked to the student's cultural identity. As a result, some listed foods may be unfamiliar to the majority of the class. This creates a wonderful opportunity to explore the connection between culture and food. 

After students complete their Venn diagrams, I ask the students to identify any foods that are special to their families and to mark these foods with a highlighter. I encourage students to share their experiences with these foods with their classmates. Many students select a special recipe that was created by their family or a food with cultural significance. 

A possible extension to this lesson is to have students bring in one of their highlighted foods to share with classmates. This broadens the students experiences with foods and demonstrates the many ways that the subjects we teach in school extend beyond the classroom setting.

  Linking Food to Culture
  Student Ownership: Linking Food to Culture
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Food Observations

Unit 7: Food Chemistry
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT identify and describe the physical characteristics of food samples.

Big Idea: Foods can be grouped or classified by their physical characteristics.

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