A student's family is a wonderful and authentic place to draw from and create authentic interesting experiences for students. Sharing delicious family recipes is a wonderful way to express students' culture and individuality. As students research ingredients, nutritional value, and food costs they will learn that some recipes can be viewed as a reflection of a student's background. This can be a wonderful opportunity to explore the history behind such recipes. Students not only learn from each other, but they also get a chance to explore the issue of diversity in class.

With this unit, the class will create a recipe book containing students' family recipes while experiencing the elements of an interdisciplinary, collaborative, technology assisted learning environment.






For Every Student



  1. First, compose a narrative about the origin of your recipe and its personal meaning to you. Use the word processor to compose. Save to your disk and/or jot down notes on your Recipe Worksheet.
  2. Explore the history of a key ingredient in your recipe. Begin with the following sites: http://mexicanfood.miningco.com http://www.foodmuseum.com/
  3. Once you have found interesting information, chose one fun fact to add to your recipe.
  4. Use the NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS TOOL handout and the Internet site: http://kidshealth.org/kid/ in this station to determine the nutritional value of your recipe.
  5. When you have finished the chart, reduce the information to two to five sentences for the recipe.
  6. Word process the information and save it on your disk and/or jot it down on the RECIPE worksheet.
  7. Use the newspaper ads to figure the cost of making the recipe. If you cannot find an ingredient, try to estimate its cost.
  8. Calculate price per serving.
  9. Word process the information and save it on your disk and/or jot it down on the Recipe Worksheet.
  10. Illustrate your recipe page in one of the following ways:
    • Download images from the Internet.
    • Use the paint/draw program.
    • Use a digital camera to take a picture of you and/or your dish.
    • Draw your own picture and scan it into a word processing program.
  11. Save on your disk.
  12. Finally, complete your recipe page using the template on the computer. Make sure the following items are included:
    • Ingredients
    • Directions
    • Historical facts
    • Nutritional value
    • Cost per serving
    • An illustration


Use the group Rubric and the Assessment Matrix to evaluate your efforts.

Downloading and Printing files

These pages can be downloaded to your computer as files. Files can then be opened and printed. You can choose from two file formats:

Microsoft document format opens the files in Microsoft Word. You can then make changes in the pages before printing them.

Acrobat Reader or Portable Document Format (pdf) opens the files in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Pages cannot be edited in this format. However, .pdf files are less likely to be distorted or corrupted. Pages that contain graphics or large images look better in .pdf and print very nicely. For your convenience, Acrobat Reader can be accessed from this page.

Microsoft Word (.doc)

Recipe Lesson and all materials

Acrobat Reader (.pdf)

Recipe Lesson and all materials

About Acrobat Reader

Files in the .pdf format can be read using Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader is free software.

You can download and install it by clicking on the link below.

GO TO: Acrobat Reader Download Page

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