Recipe for a Region

Students consider the ways their climate affects their region, by identifying a type of food unique to the region and selecting (and possibly cooking) a recipe that features that ingredient. Optional activities to make the food are also provided.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute
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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Teachers can choose to do this activity as an imaginative exercise where students create recipes and share them all together in a banquet. Or teachers can assign it as a larger activity and ask students to cook recipes to bring into class.

Many schools no longer allow home cooked dishes so teachers should check with administration if they plan to have students throw a real potluck. Likewise, a class-wide banquet is probably difficult to orchestrate due to food safety/allergy concerns.

This activity would work well in a learn-from-home setting, but adult supervision would be necessary.

In a learn-from-home setting students could be asked to record themselves cooking the food as part of a "cooking show", then students present the videos they produce. For a challenge, students could work in teams, cooking the same dish and edit their videos together.

There is background information and facilitator's notes provided for the teacher within this lesson.

There is a CLEAN resource called [link https://cleanet.org/resources/44518.html '"How Much Energy is On My Plate"'] that could tie in the energy requirements of different foods.

It may also be worth having a discussion about how the regional food may differ as the climate continues to warm and change.