Summer classes are over, so I’ve been spending most of my deskwarming time editing videos from weeks past. Below is the break down of my Chopped! Lesson plan for my English summer program class:
Number of students: 4
Grade levels: 1st year and 3rd year middle school
Duration of Class: 90 minutes
Introduction: Show the students short clips from Food Network’s Chopped! Show
Presentation: Chopped! Video & Chopped Judging Criteria
- Power Point Presentation going over judging criteria: Taste, Presentation, & Creativity. Lots of examples and pictures!
- 1 slide to explain production activity.
Practice: Make S’mores with students
- Ask students about ingredients for S’mores
- Are these ingredients sweet, salty, hot, or cold?
- Have students make their own s’mores
- Eat & enjoy!
Production: Chopped! Food Competition
- Split students into teams of 2
- Explain directions to students:
20 minutes to make their own sandwich entrée using given ingredients.
- Students must name their entrée
- Must use main ingredient: bread
- Make enough plates for teacher & classmates
- Explain what ingredients is in their dish and describe the taste
- Opposing team and teacher judges on a scale of (1-5) based on 3 criteria explained earlier: Taste, Presentation, and Creativity.
- Team with the most points wins!
Extra Treat: Grilled Cheese Goodness!
Make grilled cheese sandwiches for students to enjoy!
This had to be one of my favorite lesson plans of all time! It worked well because I didn’t have too many students for the activities and they all seemed to enjoy themselves. I gave my co-teacher the list of ingredients and it was all provided by the school’s budget. It was fun to see what they could whip up with the given ingredients! The only thing that was a bit of a pain was the clean up, but they were helpful and worked together well. I could definitely see myself doing this type of lesson again if I am ever blessed with a small group. Food is universal and who doesn’t like to eat?
Ta-ta for now!