What better way to learn math than in the kitchen? If anything can keep kids engaged in learning math, its food and cooking. And what better way to teach cooking than through healthy eating habits? When math meets nutrition, kids don't just learn, they understand!
My students are 95% Hispanic and aged 11-14.
They come from low-income families who are struggling to support their children. Our school is nestled in what most would consider the ghetto. But our students don't care. They are proud of our school. We have incredible attendance rates which may be because the meal they get at breakfast and lunch is the only meal they eat during the day. As you may well know, the meals served in the cafeteria are severely lacking in nutrition. Through this project, we want to teach math, science, nutrition, and health all together for real world learning that the kids can take home with them. Together, we can utilize our existing kitchen labs in a way that will not only engage students' minds but teach them real-world math and science concepts. They will leave with a greater understanding of core subject areas as well as expand their knowledge of health and nutrition.
As with many schools, math and science are key focuses and coming up with new ideas to keep students engaged and learning in the 21st century is challenging. With the vast amount of technology in their free time, they become bored quickly in school settings that don't have the funds to promote interactive learning. We are already equipped with 4 food labs that include sinks and stoves; however, we lack the extra resources needed to get the full use of them. We are beginning an edible schoolyard on our campus. We will have 6 gardens of healthy vegetables that students can learn to grow themselves. After harvesting the vegetables, we will teach healthy ways of cooking meals. To do this we will need, cookware, measuring equipment, and mixing bowls. Using the measuring cups, we will explore adding and subtracting fractions and parts to whole relationships. Calculating costs of food supplies will engage their multiplication and division skills. Cooking raw meats will expand their science knowledge.
This project will teach students real-world concepts that will help increase their understanding of math, science, health, and nutrition.
It will provide immediate impacts on their education in middle school, serve them in high school (concepts are built upon each other year after year), and in adulthood (when they have to go into the real world and measure, cook for themselves, and learn how to properly fuel their body without it leading to weight gain). Help us grow healthy, intelligent adults.Read More
|Farberware® High Performance Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set - Black • Nasco||$89.95||4||$359.80|
|Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls - 6-Piece Set • Nasco||$33.95||4||$135.80|
|13-Piece Mixing Bowl and Measuring Set • Nasco||$20.95||4||$83.80|
|Good Cook® Bakeware - 8-Piece Set • Nasco||$31.25||4||$125.00|
|Pyrex® Easy Grab™ Dishes - 3-qt. Oblong Dish • Nasco||$8.85||4||$35.40|
|Pyrex® Easy Grab™ Dishes - 8" Square Dish • Nasco||$7.75||4||$31.00|
|Pyrex® Measuring Cup - 2-Cup • Nasco||$4.50||4||$18.00|
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This classroom project was brought to life by The Walt Disney Company and 5 other donors.