There are so many directions this unit can take you. Here are a dozen opportunities to enhance this curriculum to suit your students.
- Cook for your students incorporating lessons from the unit. The Chili Mac from Lesson 2 would be simple to prepare in an electric skillet.
- Depending on the facilities you have available, allow your students to cook. This Chowhound video shares 3 ways to prepare eggs in a microwave and this Buzzfeed video has three breakfast mug microwave recipes.
- Examine how conserving energy resources in the kitchen can contribute to food savings.
- Challenge your students to eat food only prepared or packed from home for one week.
- Have students track their food spending for one week.
- Assign a research project. This unit has brought up so many interesting topics from food waste to food insecurity.
- Show the documentary A Place At The Table which examines food insecurity in the United States. Take Part Media has excellent accompanying resources.
- Evaluate media bias and reliable resources in the SNAP benefit challenge.
- Plan a service learning project based on the topics in this unit. Teach a food waste lesson to elementary students, start composting in your school cafeteria, or host a drive to support your local food pantry.
- Have students create a meal plan for a variety of lifestyles. College dorm living? On the road? Vegetarian?
- Gift students a budget and have them “shop” for their first kitchen.
- Host a “Chopped” challenge in your classroom for students to clean out the pantry and fridge at the end of the year (If a culinary classroom)