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You Are What You Eat

Family Recipes

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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.




  • Newspaper supermarket ads
  • Any recipe cookbooks


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  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Internet access if possible
  • Paint/draw program
  • Word Processing program/Desktop Publishing program
  • Digital Camera
  • Newspaper food ads
  • Calculators (can use the ones on computers)
  • Colored pencils, paper
  • Sample copy of recipes

For Every Student

  • Recipe Book Instructions
  • Recipe Book Rubric
  • Recipe Worksheet
  • Nutritional Analysis Tool


  • Each student will use Recipe Book Instruction Sheet to create a recipe page.
  • Have students save their work on a disk. Start them out by giving each a RECIPE worksheet to work on as they move through their tasks.
  • Work out a way for students to take digital pictures of themselves and their dishes, if possible.
  • Have a copy of the Nutritional Analysis Tool handout ready
  • Copy cooperative group Rubric  and Recipe Book Assessment Matrix for students
  • When all students have finished, the pages will be combined to make a recipe book. The students should agree upon a title and design for the cover.

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  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:
  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: 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

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

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Content Standards

National Educational Technology Standards

2) Social, ethical, and human issues
3) Technology productivity tools
4) Technology communications tools
5) Technology research tools
6) Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

New Mexico's Standards and Benchmarks

Language Arts
1) Students will understand and use Language Arts for communication.
2) Students will understand and use Language Arts as a learning tool.
4) Students will use a variety of listening and reading strategies appropriately.
5) Students will speak clearly and write effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.
6) Students will speak and  write clearly, effectively, and correctly.
7) Students will respond personally, analytically, and critically to written and spoken language, and other media.
8) Students will appreciate and respect their own language, culture, and literature and will learn about the languages, cultures and literature of others.
9) Students will use language and literature to gain insight into their own and others' lives, and to build understanding of the moral and aesthetic dimensions of human experience.
10) Students will use state-of-the-art computer and other technology to gather, use and synthesize information, and to create and communicate knowledge.

1) Students will understand and use mathematics in problem solving.
2) Students will understand and use mathematics in communication.
10) Students will understand and use statistics.

5) Students will acquire the abilities to do scientific inquiry.
6) Students will understand the process of scientific inquiry.

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Social Studies
1) Students will use knowledge and cultural understanding to explain how world's people cope with ever-changing conditions, examine issues from multiple perspectives, and respond to individual and cultural diversity.
6) Students will know and understand how personal and group identities are shaped by culture, physical environment, individuals, groups and institutions.
11) Students will know and understand the diverse, dynamic, and ever-changing nature of culture.

5) Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.

1) Learn and develop the essential skills and technical demands unique to dance, theater/drama, and visual art.
2) Use dance, music, theater/drama, and visual art to express ideas.
4) Demonstrate and understanding of the dynamics of the creative process.
5) Observe, discuss, analyze, and make critical judgments about artistic works.
6) Show increased awareness of diverse peoples and cultures through visual and performing art.
7) Demonstrate knowledge about how technology and invention have historically influenced artists and offered new possibilities for expression.
8) Contribute to communities by sharing expertise in dance, music, theater/drama, and visual art and by participating in the activities of cultural institutions.

Career Readiness
1) Students will identify their career interests and aptitude to develop an educational plan which supports personal goals.
3) Students will demonstrate the technological knowledge and skills required for future careers
4) Students will develop and demonstrate responsible and ethical workplace behaviors.
5) Students will develop effective leadership,interpersonal, and team skills.

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This module created by Tunbi Adeogba, Bethany Bovard, Susie Bussmann, Maureen Fuentes, Marilyn Kelly, Michele Stafford-Levy, Michelle Lewis, Marcy Oxford, Cissy Lujan-Pincomb, Susan Quintana, Susan C. Smith, Karen Trujillo, Virginia Velasquez, Jerry Welch and Regina Wooden, RETA instructors.

Copyright 1999 New Mexico Regional Technology Assistance Program.