"I Eat, You Eat Tasting Day!"

By Kortni Nelson

The students will discover that everyone around the world has the need to eat.
The students will know that not everyone eats the same kinds of food.
The students will taste different types of foods and discuss personal preferences.
The students will use the globe and maps to find the original location of the food they are tasting.

globes, maps, guest speakers, cookbooks, food ingredients, plates, forks, glasses, serving bowls, serving spoons, napkins, four labeled poster boards,
http://www.culturgram.com/culturgram2000.htm , jar of ants

Bring in a jar full of ants in a brown bag. Play a thinking game. Give one clue and the class gets one guess. Continue in this manner until the class guesses what is in the bag. After the class gets a chance to examine the ants, explain to them that this is a treat to some cultures. Some kids that live in different countries like to eat ants like candy! Link the discussion to the previous lesson on "Where in the WORLD does our food come from?". Lead into the day's activity, "I Eat You Eat Celebration". Tell the children they are having guest speakers from different cultures coming to talk with them and show them the food that is prepared in their houses.

The students will prepare the room for the guest speakers. Instruct the children before hand the proper way to set a table. Each group of students should set their table with the appropriate dinnerware. One long table will be set up in four sections. Each section will be labeled with a posterboard that represents the culture in a way the children will recognize. Each guest speaker will explain what culture they are experienced with, a few notable things about their culture, the food they brought, and why they brought the food they did. The guest speakers could be parents of children in your class, an experienced staff member, or a willing member of the community. The choice of speakers will depend on the class, community, or school. The important thing is to try to educate the children in a variety of cultures. If there is a majority of one culture in the classroom, branch out to something the children are not familiar with. If this is not realistic, refer to the website listed above. Culturgrams 2000 is a website that provides a brief background of any culture selected. This would be an excellent resource to use, n combination with a cookbook, to come up with a food from a different culture that could be presented to the class.

The students will then be allowed to taste the different foods. The speakers will put their food in the assigned section of the table. The kids can choose what foods they want to taste as they walk along the buffet. Encourage the kids to at least taste each one the foods. The guest speakers should stay and eat among the children so they are available if the children have any questions.

The next day, or after clean-up, have the children gather for a class discussion. Have a few volunteers share with the class what food they liked best and why. Discuss what was different and possibly what type of foods were the same. When these concepts are explored, explain to the children that you have four "Thank-You" posters set up around the room. Have the children either draw a picture or write what they liked best about the tasting day on the poster. It would be great if there were a parent volunteer available that day to help dictate what the children want to say. The children can either choose which speaker they want to write to or write to all of them. Depending on the class ability, have the class as a whole help write a thank-you note on the top of the poster. Deliver the finished posters to each of the guest speakers.


Have each child bring a recipe from home.

Make a class recipe book.

E-mail pen-pals from different cultures and ask what they eat for breakfast.

Each individual shares what they found. Have only one child a day share and slowly make a class graph on the information.

Make a book for the class library.

Each child is in charge of one page describing their favorite meal. Assign groups for the cover page, title page, etc.