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Rattle Those Pots and Pans: Classroom Cooking Activities Incorporating Technology and Literacy Holly Cooper, Ph.D. Pat Van Geem hollycooper@tsbvi.edu patvangeem@tsbvi.edu Outreach Assistive Technology Consultants Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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rattle those pots and pans classroom cooking activities incorporating technology and literacy

Rattle Those Pots and Pans:Classroom Cooking Activities Incorporating Technology and Literacy

Holly Cooper, Ph.D. Pat Van Geem

hollycooper@tsbvi.edupatvangeem@tsbvi.edu

Outreach Assistive Technology Consultants

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

benefits of cooking activities
Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a motivating activity for many people. Cooking provides experiences with:

  • Aromas
  • Colors
  • Textures
  • Shapes
  • Temperatures
  • Weights
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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is

  • A pleasant way to spend time with others or alone
  • A channel for activity: stirring, pouring, cleaning up
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Benefits of cooking activities
  • Students who do not like to eat may enjoy food preparation and tasting
  • Students who are tube fed can experience food in a fun, non-threatening way
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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is age appropriate for a variety of students

Very young children can pour, stir, spread, taste, touch and smell

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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is beneficial for elementary school students

They can cook simple meals or special treats for an instructional activity

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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is beneficial for secondary aged students who can

  • Participate in home economics in an inclusion setting
  • Participate in vocational or life skills training
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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a good activity in which to use technology

Almost any student can participate with support

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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a good activity in which to use media modifications for:

  • Print readers
  • Braille readers
  • Tactile symbol users
  • Picture symbol users
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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a good way to teach communication skills in a functional context:

  • Requesting
  • Responding
  • Turn taking
  • Responding to novel situations or surprises
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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a good way to include peers as a helper or as a participant

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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a good way to teach academic skills in a functional context:

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • Geography
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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a crucial part of the Expanded Core Curriculum

See the RECC at http://www.tsbvi.edu/recc/index.htm

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Benefits of cooking activities

Cooking is a multi-sensory activity that can address a variety of learning domains

(See infused skills checklist)

getting ready
Getting Ready

Find a good location in the room or school

  • In a kitchen or kitchen area
  • Near a water source
  • Near a power source
  • In a location where snacks or meals are served
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Getting Ready

Suggested tools if you don’t have a kitchen: (any or all)

  • Small fridge
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Toaster oven
  • Hot plate
  • Hot pot or rice cooker
planning the activity
Planning the Activity

What tools and appliances will be used?

  • Make sure you have everything assembled
  • Or plan for where the students must go to get them in natural but accessible locations
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Planning the Activity

Plan with the students:

  • Choose the food or recipe together
  • Talk about the ingredients, review vocabulary and “sight” words
  • Talk about what tools ingredients will be used, and where you find them
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Planning the Activity

What modifications are needed? Prepare:

  • Photographs
  • Braille
  • Print
  • Tactile symbols
  • Communication overlays
  • Recipes
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Planning the Activity

Shopping: Can this become part of the activity?

  • Make grocery lists
  • Plan for transportation
  • Count money
  • Look for advertisements (prices)
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Planning the Activity

Money

  • Donations of money or ingredients from parents
  • Sell your product to raise money: popcorn, cookies, dog biscuits
doing it
Doing It
  • Wash hands and food surfaces
  • Beware of the good fairy syndrome
  • Minimize prompting
  • Maximize communication opportunities
  • Clean up is part of the activity
reviewing it
Reviewing It

Talk about the activity afterwards

  • Conversations help review the spoken or signed vocabulary
  • Write an Experience Story, it helps review print, braille or tactile symbols
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Reviewing It

Experience story:

  • Collect “artifacts” during the activity: photos, packages, etc
  • Talk about the steps involved in fixing the food
  • Talk about who did which steps
  • Talk about who liked the taste
  • Write it in accessible format
  • Share it with peers, parents
alternative food experiences
Alternative Food Experiences

For students who are tube fed, have trouble eating or find food aversive:

  • Encourage these students to touch, smell and taste (if allowed)
  • Guide students gently to put their hands in doughs or batters
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Alternative Food Experiences

For students who are tube fed, have trouble eating or find food aversive:

  • Make smoothies using yogurt, ice cream or fruit juice as a base
  • Experiment with frozen treats
  • Make healthy sweet snacks such as apple sauce
  • Avoid temperature extremes (except some students love ice cream and frozen treats)
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Repetition is not only O.K. it’s good educational programming

Cook often and have fun!