Lesson Plan: What's on the Menu? Exploring Hospital Food from Around the World
Title: "What's on the Menu? Exploring Hospital Food from Around the World"
Grade Levels: K-12
- To expose students to different cultures and their food traditions through exploring hospital meals from around the world.
- To develop an understanding of cultural diversity and promote tolerance and inclusivity.
Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about K-12 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1.B: Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
- Pictures or videos showcasing hospital food from various countries
- World map or globe
- Chart paper and markers
- Worksheet with questions about hospital food (downloadable/printable)
1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever thought about what people eat in hospitals in different countries.
- Show pictures or videos of hospital food from around the world.
- Engage students in a brief discussion about cultural diversity and how it influences food choices.
2. Exploring Hospital Food (15 minutes)
- Provide each student with a copy of the worksheet.
- Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a different country.
- Give students time to research and find information about hospital food in their assigned country.
- Encourage them to discuss and take notes on the worksheet.
3. Sharing and Discussion (15 minutes)
- Bring the class back together and have each group share their findings.
- Create a chart on the chart paper with the names of the countries and key points about their hospital food.
- Facilitate a discussion on the similarities and differences between the hospital meals from different countries.
4. Reflection (10 minutes)
- Ask students to reflect on what they have learned about hospital food from around the world.
- Have them write a short paragraph or draw a picture to express their thoughts and feelings.
5. Extension Activity (optional, for older students)
- Assign students to create a presentation or poster showcasing hospital food from a specific country, including cultural background and dietary considerations.
Common Core Labels Correlations:
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