Many teachers infuse a literacy component into their cooking/food preparation activities by presenting the printed steps on a large flip chart. Bloom creatively expands upon this frequent practice by using PowerPoint software to not only present the printed steps but to make those steps ‘come alive’ by using the animation and sound capabilities of PowerPoint software. Multiple finely tuned animations are employed to make each step involving photographs look and sound as realistic as possible.
This PowerPoint Show file consists of two sections: What we need (listing the ingredients) …. and What we need to do (presenting the steps, one per page). Every step has been broken down into smaller components, each with a corresponding series of animations and sound effects. Animations are designed to facilitate comprehension and reward the reading process. Stars have been inserted into the text to indicate where and when an animation should be inserted. Student engagement is typically high as children are frequently called upon to trigger an animation or ‘turn the page’. This can be achieved directly by approaching and tapping the interactive whiteboard or it can be completed remotely using a switch interface (e.g., wireless bluetooth or infrared).
When the activity is conducted in a preschool or kindergarten classroom, the file is used to pace the class through the shared food preparation activity, e.g. read together… animate …. then perform the real life step.
When the activity is conducted in a Grade 1 or 2 classroom, the teacher may opt to conduct the lesson across two consecutive days. On day 1 the teacher previews the recipe as an indepth literacy activity, then conducts the actual cooking activity as an expressive language activity on Day 2. This strategy is especially useful for speech language pathologists working with students with Complex Communication Needs, using augmentative and alternative communication. This resource is also beneficial for providing a student with AAC needs with numerous opportunities to practice switch use. This can be achieved by connecting the child’s switch directly (e.g. Switch Interface Pro- Don Johnson) or wirelessly to the interactive whiteboard computer (e.g. Blue2 - AbleNet).
When designing this recipe resource, ample space was provided between the lines to allow speech language pathologists or teachers to add communication symbols, e.g. Picture Communication Symbols, SymbolStix to the file. You will, however, need to convert the PowerPoint Show file that you downloaded into a PowerPoint Presentation file.
This file was created using PowerPoint 14.3.5 but appears to function fine on earlier versions of PowerPoint. The downloaded file has been saved as PowerPoint Show 97-2004 to make it compatible with a broader range of older versions of Powerpoint.
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