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Monday, October 12, 2015

5 Ways to Use Recipes in the Classroom

5 Ways to Use Recipes in the Classroom
I love to bake! Now don't confuse baking and cooking. I don't like to cook. I'm too picky when it comes to foods for meals, so I really don't enjoy cooking. I am not so picky when it comes to bread, cakes, cookies, and other yummy delights.

Now that I am working from home I have a little more time to do some baking. A look on the counter tells me it's time for banana bread. I've made two loaves in the last couple of weeks, and my bananas are just about ready for a third loaf!

I found a recipe a while back for banana muffins with a yummy brown sugar and cinnamon topping. My husband of 24 years finally told me he doesn't like banana muffins. I was a bit dumbfounded that it took him 24 years to tell me. Anyways, I took the banana muffin recipe and made it in my bread pan. He didn't eat any of either loaf. That's okay. The boys sure put a dent in both loaves, and it was gone before I knew it. I kept thinking that I would take a picture to post, but when I remembered this is what I found.

5 Ways to Use Recipes in the Classroom
The recipe I use was found on Eat At Allie's blog. It does take longer to cook if you are making bread instead of muffins. Mine took about 30 minutes, and I used a piece of spaghetti to test it.

This Banana Crumb Muffin recipe is definitely a keeper. I'm sure I'll be making more of it this week!

Now, how does this relate to teaching? In one way, it doesn't. I just love to bake. It can, though. Using recipes is a real life skill.
1. You can have students double (triple, quadruple, etc) the recipe. 
2. Most recipes are great for working with fractions. 
3. Students could work with the nutritional information and servings. 
4. Maybe your students need to work on money amounts. You could set up a "store" for them to purchase items or have word problems for them to solve. 
5. Students can do a "How To" paper or speech.

There are a lot of ideas related to using recipes in the classroom. Get creative and engage your students!

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