In one morning, can students learn about how food is cooked, the value of money, and how to take care of their own basic food needs? This is a start. This morning the 8th graders were given the ingredients and a recipe for how to make dough; the room is a bit of a mess with flour on the floor, but all of the dough is now rising!
Then, groups created recipes to cook, using $40, a one-hour cooking window, and the requirement to deliver a salad, a main course using their dough, and a dessert. They just left on the bus to go shopping; they get 20 mins in the store, and if, as happened yesterday they are even “22 cents over” at the checkout they have to make some very quick choices.
And I LOVE this rubric that is being used by a group of parent volunteers to taste and rate the food!