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Mrs. O. from Madison HTS MI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Can You Smell What We're Cooking in the Classroom?

Help me give my students kitchen appliances and prep tools to learn basic kitchen life skills in class to promote independence at home.

  • $364 goal

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My Students

Each of my students are of high school age and are on the Autism Spectrum. They each have a variety of intellectual, social communication, and sensory impairments. Although my students travel to various classes a few times a day, the majority of their day is spent in the ASD classroom where they work on academic skills, social skills, as well as functional life skills.

Depsite my students many struggles throughout the day, they also struggle with independence and day to day living skills.

It is my job as a teacher to promote healthy living and to develop the skills to become a successful adult. One way we do this is through cooking.

My Project

Learning to cook is a skill that will last a lifetime. This proposal will provide our classroom with basic kitchen essentials that we can use right in the classroom that go along with our lessons. With our life skills curriculum, the students learn about making healthy and yummy recipes that are easy to make at school and at home to help to increase their knowledge in food preparation and promote independence in the kitchen.

Although some students are harder to motivate than others, I have yet to meet a student who wasn't motivated to participate in some way during cooking lessons.

We use a variety of strategies and can touch on a variety of skills when cooking such as using visual recipes to promote reading skills, measuring ingredients to incorporate math, turn taking, following directions, and even socialization with their peers. Cooking in the classroom also gives the students the ability to try new things that they may not try at home. And if they like it, they can easily take the recipes home and make the food for their families.

Mrs. O.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 3 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor, Easy Clean Interior, ECO Mode and Sound On/Off, 1.2 Cu.ft, 1100W, Black Stainless Steel • Amazon Business $104.71 1 $104.71
Ninja Blender/Food Processor with 450-Watt Base, 48oz Pitcher, 16oz Chopper Bowl, and 40oz Processor Bowl for Shakes, Smoothies, and Meal Prep (QB1004) • Amazon Business $48.99 1 $48.99
Presto 07073 Electric Tilt-N-fold Griddle, 19", Black • Amazon Business $44.90 1 $44.90
Komax Biokips Round Mixing Bowl Set | Set of 4 Nesting Bowls For Food Prep | Plastic Storage Mixing Bowls With Lids | Serving Salad Bowl With Lid | BPA-FREE, Clear, Microwave Safe Bowls W/Locking Lid • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Shpebs Kitchen Silicone Utensil Set - Colorful Cooking Utensils - 11 Pcs Kitchen Utensils Heat Resistant - Non-Stick Cookware With Spatulas, Serving Spoons Kitchen Tools & Kitchen Gadgets (MULTICOLOR) • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
Jovitec 8 Pieces Kid Plastic Kitchen Knife Set, Children's Safe Cooking Chef Nylon Knives for Fruit, Bread, Cake, Salad, Lettuce Knife (Color 1) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Prepworks by Progressive BA-545 Collapsible Measuring Cups - Set of 5, Space Saving Collapsible, Great For Narrow Containers • Amazon Business $9.36 1 $9.36
Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats set, Colorful Kitchen Cutting Board Set of 3 Colored Mats • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Prepworks by Progressive 369BE Flexible Measuring Spoons, Set of 5 Includes ¼ tsp, ½ tsp, 1 tsp, ½ Tbsp and 1 Tbsp • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

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