Culinary Tour

Culinary Tour

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Blue Room: Cuisine, Menus & Recipes

This month students are going to have the opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure. They will be guided through the traditional cuisines of four countries: India,Thailand,Greece and the United States. Throughout their exploration of each country and its cuisine, students will create menus, study recipes, “publish” a cookbook and plan and organize a weekly feast. A major focus of the Blue Room this month is writing. Writing opportunities will be worked into every lesson taught this month in the form of practicing the writing of letters, words and even sentences!

Week 1: Indian Cuisine

Week 1 will begin by reading the book, “Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert. This book will help to set the tone for the month as students will literally be “eating the alphabet.” Each day will focus on one aspect of planning for the end of the week Indian Feast!

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Apply the book, “Eating the Alphabet,” to learning about Indian food.
  2.  Create a menu consisting of dishes from India including an appetizer or soup, a vegetable dish, a main dish and a dessert.
  3.  Have written a grocery list of all items needed to cook dishes for Friday’s feast and have volunteered to bring at least two items (items needed by Thursday).
  4.  Begin creating personalized international cookbooks with recipes used in class.

Week 2: Thai Cuisine

Week 2 in the Blue Room will follow the same format as Week 1, however the focus will be on Thai cuisine. From planning menus to selecting recipes there will be many reading and writing opportunities as we plan our Thai feast!

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Apply the book, “Eating the Alphabet,” to learning about Thai food.
  2.  Create a menu consisting of dishes from Thailand including an appetizer or soup, a vegetable dish, a main dish and a dessert.
  3.  Have written a grocery list of all items needed to cook dishes for Friday’s feast and have volunteered to bring at least two items (items needed by Thursday).
  4.  Add week 2 recipes to personalized international cookbooks started in week 1.

Week 3: Greek Cuisine

Week 3 in the Blue Room will follow the same format as Week 1, however the focus will be on Greek cuisine. Once again reading and writing skills will be taught through food and culture making it exciting and interactive.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Apply the book, “Eating the Alphabet,” to learning about Greek food.
  2. Create a menu consisting of dishes from Greece including an appetizer or soup, a vegetable dish, a main dish and a dessert.
  3.  Have written a grocery list of all items needed to cook dishes for Friday’s feast and have volunteered to bring at least two items (items needed by Thursday).
  4.  Add week 3 recipes to personalized international cookbooks started in week 1.

Week 4: Thanksgiving Week

This week we arrive back at home to explore our own culture through our beloved Thanksgiving Holiday. Although a short week, we wouldn't miss the opportunity to have one more feast!

Learning Goals

The following learning goals will also be addressed in lessons throughout the month. These learning goals are designed to introduce students to Kindergarten and First-Grade-Level  concepts in developmentally and age appropriate ways. Practice some or all of these concepts at home throughout the month to further your child’s comprehension of the concept!

Reading (level k):

1.15 Read simple one-syllable and high-frequency words (i.e., sight words).

Listening & Speaking (level k):

1.1 Understand and follow one- and two-step oral directions.

 Writing (level k):

1.2  Write consonant-vowel-consonant words (i.e. cup, jug, jar, etc.)

Letters: Recognition, Sounds and Writing

The learning of letters is worked into each and every lesson that students participate in in the Blue Room. Teachers plan “Alphabet Opportunities” so that students have ample time to practice letter recognition, phonics and letter writing throughout the month.

Green Room: Culture, Geography & Weather

This month students will be provided with the opportunity to learn about the culture, geography and weather of three different countries around the globe: India, Thailand and Greece.

Week 1: India

Week 1 in the Green Room will be focused on learning about the culture, geography and weather of India.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the idea of a map and where on a map India can be found.
  2. Be familiar with India’s culture (i.e. music, education, sports, etc.), including a brief history of the country’s past as well as the weather its’ inhabitants experience.
  3. Be familiar with the topography of India.
  4. Be familiar with at least one landmark in India that is known world-wide.

Week 2: Thailand

Week 2 in the Green Room will be focused on learning about the culture, geography and weather of Thailand. Weeks 2, 3 and 4 will follow a similar format to that of Week 1.

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Know where on a map Thailand can be found.
  2. Be familiar with Thailand’s culture (i.e. music, education, sports, etc.), including a brief history of the country’s past as well as the weather its’ inhabitants experience.
  3. Be familiar with the topography of Thailand.
  4. Be familiar with at least one landmark in Thailand that is known world-wide.

Week 3: Greece

Week 3 in the Green Room will be focused on learning about the culture, geography and weather of Greece. Weeks 3 and 4 will follow a similar format to that of Weeks 1 and 2.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Know where on a map Greece can be found.
  2. Be familiar with Greece’s culture (i.e. music, education, sports, etc.), including a brief history of the country’s past as well as the weather its’ inhabitants experience.
  3. Be familiar with the topography of Greece.
  4. Be familiar with at least one landmark in Greece that is known world-wide.

Week 4: Thanksgiving

During the last week of the month students in the Green room will be helping their classmates plan and prepare a Thanksgiving feast at the end of the week. During preparations, the culture of the United States will be discussed as well as individual, family traditions.

Learning Goals

The following learning goals will also be addressed in lessons throughout the month. These learning goals are designed to introduce students to Kindergarten and First-Grade-Level -Concepts in developmentally and age appropriate ways. Practice some or all of these concepts at home throughout the month to further your child’s comprehension of the concept!

A Child’s Place in Time & Space (1st grade level)

1.2.3 Construct a simple map, using cardinal directions and map symbols

1.2.4 Describe how location, weather, and physical environment affect the way people live, including the effects on their food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation.

Measurement & Geometry (level k):

1.4 Identify the time (to the nearest hour) of everyday events (e.g., lunch time is 12 o’clock; bedtime is 8 o’clock at night).

Numbers and Shapes:

Recognition, Writing Numbers and Drawing Shapes:

The learning of numbers and shapes is worked into each and every lesson that students participate in in the Green Room. Teachers plan “Number and Shape Opportunities” so that students have ample time to practice number and shape recognition, number writing and shape drawing throughout the month.

 

Red Room: Spice, Fruit & Vegetable Inspired Art

Carl-on-Lettuce-SeascapeThis month students will have the opportunity to become inspired by the cuisine of different cultures  and create art using the food from each region studied.  To do this, students will be learning about and examining the "foodscapes" of Carl Warner in hopes of replicating his style in masterpieces of their own!

Week 1: Art Inspired by Indian Cuisine

Week 1 will be focused on creating artwork inspired by Indian cuisine.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Be introduced to the photographer Carl Warner through his “food landscapes” and a brief biography.
  2. Be familiar with the types of food and spices typically used in Indian cuisine.
  3. Create works of art inspired by the food and spices used in Indian cuisine (i.e. using spices as glitter, painting a still-life of chopped carrots, building a 3D work of art using food, etc).
  4.  Have participated in creating a “Carl Warner Landscape” using the food and spices of Indian cuisine.

Week 2: Art Inspired by Thai Cuisine

Week 2 will be focused on creating artwork that is inspired by Thai cuisine.

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives

  1.  Be starting to become familiar with the photographer Carl Warner through his “food landscapes” and a brief biography.
  2. Be familiar with the types of food and spices typically used in Thai cuisine.
  3. Create works of art inspired by the food and spices used in Thai cuisine (i.e. using spices as glitter, painting a still-life of chopped carrots, building a 3D work of art using food, etc).
  4. Have participated in creating a “Carl Warner Landscape” using the food and spices of Thai cuisine.

Week 3: Art Inspired by Greek Cuisine

Week 3 will be focused on creating artwork that is inspired by Greek cuisine.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the photographer Carl Warner through his “food landscapes” and a brief biography.
  2. Be familiar with the types of food and spices typically used in Greek cuisine.
  3. Create works of art inspired by the food and spices used in Greek cuisine (i.e. using spices as glitter, painting a still-life of chopped carrots, building a 3D work of art using food, etc).
  4. Have participated in creating a “Carl Warner Landscape” using the food and spices of Greek cuisine.

Week 4: Thanksgiving

During the last week of the month students in the Red room will be helping their classmates plan and prepare a Thanksgiving feast at the end of the week. During preparations, the culture of the United States will be discussed as well as individual, family traditions.

Learning Goals

The following learning goals will also be addressed in lessons throughout the month. These learning goals are designed to introduce students to Kindergarten and First-Grade-Level -Concepts in developmentally and age appropriate ways. Practice some or all of these concepts at home throughout the month to further your child’s comprehension of the concept!

Music (level K): 3.3 Use a personal vocabulary to describe voices and instruments from diverse cultures.

Visual Arts (level K): 1.2 Name art materials (e.g., clay, paint, and crayons) introduced in lessons 4.3 Discuss how and why they made a specific work of art 5.4 Discuss the various works of art that artists create and the type of media used.

Artist of the Month: Carl Warner

Music of the Month: Cultural

The music this month is meant to play during “work times” in the Red Room. There is music from each country (India, Thailand, Greece) to help inspire students when they are working with the food from each region.

Color:

Recognition & Primary vs. Secondary

Participating in learning opportunities for colors is an essential component of working in the Red Room. Students will be practicing their color recognition skills on a daily basis and have the opportunity to blend colors several times a month.