I have developed this unit with struggling readers in mind. This standard encourages deeper thinking and comprehending, which we can all agree is important to strive for. However, when I looked through grade-level activities that were offered, I felt that we would lose the kids in the process with their frustration and inability to access difficult and abstract reading passages for compare/contrast. I thought to myself: “What is meaningful for all of our struggling readers and writers? What would help them dig deeper into text, and teach them to integrate information and use critical thinking skills?” This led me to recipes and cookbooks which all my students seem to devour during independent reading time! In fact, how many of us, as adults, peruse recipes and compare ingredients and procedures, then combine the best of both? I just did it this morning with 2 cookbooks and split pea soup!
This unit has two different activities:
Lesson 1 is comparing text in two children’s cookbook. This unit is designed for students who are able to access two texts and integrate the information verbally or in written form. We use these cookbooks which are popular in my resource room:
Mom and Me Cookbook by Annabel Karmel
KidsCooking A Very Slightly Messy Manual by Klutz Press
Lesson 2 is for students who may need the standard simplified in order to make the lesson more meaningful. Two fun recipes are included, with a graphic organizer and writing paper.
Task Cards are included for all grade levels
Enjoy reading, writing, cooking, and art while delving into Standard 9!