⁣Lesson Plan: ⁣Taste Buds on a Wild Adventure: Kids Try Exotic Meats!

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⁣Lesson Plan: ⁣Taste Buds on a Wild Adventure: Kids Try Exotic Meats!
Grade Levels: 6-8

- To introduce students to a variety of exotic meats and explore different cultural food traditions.
- To promote open-mindedness, cultural appreciation, and adventurous eating habits.
- To encourage critical thinking and reflection on food choices and sustainability.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.3: Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

- Exotic meats, such as alligator, kangaroo, bison, ostrich, etc. (ensure proper sourcing and safety)
- Cooking equipment and utensils
- Plates, napkins, and cutlery
- Paper and pencils for reflection and discussion


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the concept of exotic meats and the cultural significance of different food choices.
- Engage students in a discussion on adventurous eating habits and the importance of trying new foods.

2. Exotic Meat Tasting (30 minutes)
- Prepare the exotic meats according to safe and appropriate cooking methods.
- Serve small portions of each meat to students, allowing them to taste and experience the unique flavors and textures.
- Encourage students to describe their initial impressions and share their thoughts on each meat.

3. Group Discussion and Reflection (20 minutes)
- Divide students into small groups and facilitate a discussion on their overall experience with the exotic meats.
- Encourage students to discuss their likes, dislikes, and any cultural associations they may have with the meats.
- Prompt critical thinking by asking students to reflect on their food choices and the sustainability of consuming exotic meats.

4. Argumentative Writing (30 minutes)
- Instruct students to write an argumentative essay expressing their opinion on whether or not it is ethical to consume exotic meats.
- Encourage them to support their claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, such as cultural perspectives, environmental impact, or animal welfare considerations.
- Remind students to structure their essays with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

5. Sharing and Reflection (10 minutes)
- Allow students to share their argumentative essays with the class, promoting respectful dialogue and active listening.
- Facilitate a final reflection where students can express any changes in their perspectives or newfound appreciation for diverse food choices.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

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