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Cooking in the Classroom Welcome! Presented by Partner: California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division Overview Planning Cooking Connecting with the Curriculum Sharing of Resources What percent of students cook for themselves?

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Cookingin the Classroom


Presented by

Partner: California Department of Education

Nutrition Services Division

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  • Planning

  • Cooking

  • Connecting with the Curriculum

  • Sharing of Resources

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Benefits of Classroom Cooking

  • Vehicle for standards-based nutrition and health education

  • Cross-disciplinary and subject-specific skill development:

    - Motor Skills

    - Language Arts

    - Mathematics

    - Socialization

    - Science

    - Social Studies/Cultures

  • Students become familiar with

    new foods

  • Kids love it

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Social Studies


Physical Education

School to Career



Apple Example

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  • What style of classroom cooking you will use?

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Choose a Classroom

Cooking Style

  • Demonstration

  • Single portion

  • Cooperative groups

  • Cooking station

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Preparing for Classroom Cooking

  • Students

  • Recipes

  • Equipment

  • Food

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  • Preschool

  • Early Elementary

  • Upper Elementary

  • Middle and High School

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  • Consider skills for age and ability

  • Select format by age and reading ability

  • Keep many hands busy

  • “Read” recipe aloud before cooking

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Recipes (continued)

  • Teach appropriate nutrition concepts

  • Be aware of food allergies – Parent letters

  • Be sensitive to religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds

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  • Base on recipe

  • Assemble in advance

  • Use cooking carts to simplify

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  • List and purchase in advance or as class project

  • Store at proper temperature

  • Wash the food with students assisting

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  • Demonstrate to students

  • Scrub hands and nails with soap and warm water for 20 seconds

  • Dry with clean paper towel

  • Remind to rewash as necessary

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Work Surfaces

  • Clean with hot, soapy water

  • Sanitize with 1 teaspoon of bleach in 2 of cups water

  • Wash and sanitize after contact with raw meat, fish, poultry or eggs

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  • Demonstrate proper use

  • Cut toward table and away from hands

  • Saw back and forth

  • Do not attempt to catch a knife that drops

  • Have an adult cut round vegetables lengthwise to give a flat surface

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  • Tape down cords

  • Demonstrate use of appliances

  • Use two potholders to remove hot foods from oven

  • Wipe floor spills immediately

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Teach in Advance

  • Class grouping and cooking style

  • Sanitation including hand washing practice

  • Safety rules

  • Recipe basics

    • Practice reading

    • Discuss terms and directions

    • Demonstrate new cooking skills

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Create and sample some


  • K - 1st:

    Butterfly Bites

  • 2nd - 3rd:

    Out of this Whirled Shake

  • 4th - 5th:

    Hip Hop Pocket Sandwich

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Connecting with the Curriculum

  • For the grade you teach, identify how this cooking/food activity could be aligned or used to reinforce a standard for:

    • Health

    • English-language arts

    • Math

    • Science

    • Social studies

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Sharing of Resources

  • Harvest of the Month Literature List

  • California Healthy Kids Resource Center

    • Cooking with Kids

    • Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food

    • Kitchen Math Kit

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Cookingin the Classroom

Thank you!

Partner: California Department of Education

Nutrition Services Division

This program was developed by the California Department of Education’s Nutrition Services Division, with funding from The California Endowment. Revisions were completed with funds from the California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California, funded by the United Sates Department of Agriculture’s Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program). These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. In California, food stamps provide assistance to low-income households, and can help buy nutritious foods for better health. For food stamp information, call 1-877-847-3663. For important nutrition information visit