Mexican food is much more than tacos! This mini-unit explores the history and diversity of authentic food, from mole poblano to flan! As students learn about new and delicious dishes, they will also learn about the origins of foods they eat every day, and how history influenced the availability of certain ingredients.
This packet may be used with the Planet Food Mexico Video (which is available for purchase online, and is also a bonus feature included in the Globe Trekker Ultimate Mexico DVD).
However, only the video viewing notes require the video, and the other materials in the packet could easily be used without the video for teaching a unit on Mexican cuisine. This unit is highly interdisciplinary, including not only Spanish vocabulary and Mexican culture, but also ties into social studies (teaching about the Columbian Exchange), and math (currency conversion).
The difficulty of the Spanish-language activities is appropriate for students as early as Spanish 1, although it could easily be used in higher levels of Spanish, as well. These activities are "tried and true," as I have done each of them with my own Spanish 1 students with great success.
Each activity includes a convenient teacher's edition with answers included in bold, red text.
1. Video Viewing Notes (fill-in-the-blank)
2. Video Viewing Notes – Answer Key
3. Vocabulario Nuevo – Spanish Vocab Worksheet
4. Columbian Exchange Worksheet
5. Columbian Exchange Worksheet – Answer Key
6. Columbian Exchange List
7. Columbian Exchange Food Diary
8. La Comida y el Internet Activity (Exploring Mexican restaurant websites)
9. Mexican Restaurant Suggested Links
10. Spanish Food Vocab Dominoes
Please visit my store to find my activity packet for the rest of the Mexico City Globe Trekker video (available here: http://bit.ly/2lMnkQz).