Lesson Plan: ⁣Pizza Showdown: Kids Taste Test New York Thin Crust vs. Chicago Deep Dish!

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Lesson Plan: ⁣Pizza Showdown: Kids Taste Test New York Thin Crust vs. Chicago Deep Dish!
Grade Levels: 7-9

- To engage students in a friendly taste test competition between New York thin crust and Chicago deep dish pizzas.
- To develop critical thinking skills by analyzing and comparing the characteristics of each style.
- To promote cultural appreciation and understanding through food experiences.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

- New York-style thin crust pizza
- Chicago-style deep dish pizza
- Plates, napkins, and utensils for tasting
- Paper and pencils for reflection and discussion


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the popularity of pizza and how different regions have their own unique styles.
- Show pictures or videos of New York thin crust and Chicago deep dish pizzas to introduce the concept and spark interest.

2. Pizza Tasting and Comparison (30 minutes)
- Serve slices of New York thin crust and Chicago deep dish pizzas to each student.
- Instruct students to taste both styles, considering the crust, sauce, cheese, and overall flavor profiles.
- Encourage students to discuss and compare the characteristics of each style, noting differences in texture, thickness, and taste.

3. Group Discussion and Reflection (20 minutes)
- Divide students into small groups and facilitate a discussion on their preferences and observations about the two pizza styles.
- Prompt students to share their thoughts, reasoning, and any interesting insights they gained from the tasting.

4. Argumentative Writing (30 minutes)
- Instruct students to write an argumentative essay supporting their favorite pizza style, either New York thin crust or Chicago deep dish.
- Encourage them to use valid reasoning, relevant evidence, and personal taste experiences to support their claims.

5. Sharing and Reflection (10 minutes)
- Allow students to share their essays with the class, promoting active listening and respectful feedback.
- Facilitate a final reflection where students can discuss the importance of cultural appreciation through food and how different regions have their own culinary identities.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

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