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Explore Breakfast Around the World

Students will select a location and conduct research to identify a traditional breakfast eaten in that area. They will make a logical connection between that location, the people's culture and the foods they eat. Then students will create a 3D model of their meal.

PROCESS:

  1. Instruct students to select any place in the world. Or, if you'd like the selections to be random, have students spin a globe and stop it with a finger. If their finger lands in water, have them spin the globe again. Then assign students the location where their finger landed. 
  2. Have students conduct research to learn about the people who live at their location. Encourage them to select one type of culture found there. Then challenge them to identify the components of a traditional breakfast eaten by people who belong to that culture. 
  3. Through their research, challenge students to identify a logical connection between the location, culture and foods they studied. If students struggle to make this connection, encourage them to consider criteria such as landscape, climate or even the length of the growing season.
  4. Provide an assortment of art supplies. Encourage students to create a 3D model of the breakfast they studied. Remind them to include all of the ingredients!

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to present their 3D breakfasts to the class. Instruct them to identify each ingredient. Challenge them to describe the logical link between the food, culture and location of the people they studied.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON: 

Grades 3-4:
Select a location or have one volunteer pick a spot on the spinning globe. Conduct research as a class to identify a culture found there and a traditional breakfast for those people. Challenge students to make a logical connection between the location, culture and foods found in the traditional breakfast. Encourage each student to make a 3D model of the meal. 
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Assign locations or have a volunteer from each group pick a spot on the spinning globe. Instruct groups to conduct research to learn about their location. Tell them to pick one culture found there and identify a traditional breakfast eaten by those people. Challenge groups to make a logical connection between the location, culture and the foods they studied. Encourage group members to work together to make a 3D model of their meal. 
Grades 7-8: 
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to select a location. Make sure there are no repeats. Have groups conduct research to learn about the people who live there. Tell them to pick one culture and identify a traditional breakfast eaten by those people. Instruct groups to identify specific ingredients used to make this meal. Then challenge them to make a logical connection between the location, culture and the foods they studied. Encourage group members to work together to make a 3D model of their meal. 
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to select a location and conduct research to learn about the people who live there. Tell them to pick one culture and identify a traditional breakfast eaten by those people. Instruct partners to identify specific ingredients used to make this meal. Then have them make a 3D model of their meal. As pairs present their findings, encourage the class to identify different places where people eat the same type of breakfast foods. Challenge students to use what they learned about location, culture and food to explain these similarities.