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Project Goals:
Students will:
  • engage in discussions with their global peers about specific cultural practices and celebrations from their respective countries, focusing on a special recipe which is significant to their country, culture, or family heritage;
  • learn to respect and appreciate the opinions, cultures, and customs of others.
  • be able to see the differences and similarities between themselves and others around the world and how these characteristics shape the way they live;
  • further develop their procedural writing skills;
  • practice and improve upon a number of literacy skills including spelling, grammar, editing, speaking, listening, responding, and interviewing in an authentic context with their global peers; and
  • use digital tools (word documents, digital camera, Edmodo) to create rich academic content.
These goals allow for a wonderful and unique cultural experience as students are exposed to many culturally-diverse foods and recipes, diverse cultural practices, and authentic dialogue.

Essential Questions:
  1. How do geographic location and climate influence the foods which are grown and available to people?
  2. What role does food play in our lives? (health, lifestyle, family celebrations, cultural heritage, etc.)
  3. How do family traditions and cultural heritage contribute to similarities and differences around the world?
  4. How does our judgment of these things contribute to our perception of other people and their way of life?

Duration: Beginning February 11th, 2014 and ending approximately March 21st, 2014


Targeted Grade Levels/Age Groups:Ages 8 - 13 (grades 3 to 8). Classes will be grouped with others in a similar age range but with different cultural and geographical backgrounds.

How This Project Works:
The process begins with students thinking of a recipe that is special to their family traditions or cultural heritage. Students may have to interview family members for ideas and important details which connect recipes to family traditions or cultural celebrations. They then work at writing out the recipes using a curriculum-based procedural writing format (lead by individual teachers). Ingredients and directions will be clearly written with all cutting, chopping, and other preparation steps listed before the actual cooking begins (in a recipe format). Eventually, students type out these writing pieces into a word document with an accompanying picture from their actual preparation process (preferably the finished product or family in action - see final stage).


Once this first initial process is completed, students will use__Edmodo__ to communicate with the other students in their assigned group.


Edmodo is a social network that allows students and teachers to create groups that are closed to the public. See Prezi link: __http://prezi.com/pxhsjtyolo2o/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share__


Once a teacher has signed her class up, I will link them with other classrooms from different regions of the world. That cluster will create a group on Edmodo and have their students share not only the ingredients used for their recipes and the recipes themselves, but also their significant corresponding connection to family and culture/region. The goal here is to expose students to the many diverse family traditions and rich, cultural practices which define our ways of life. Teachers in the cluster will be responsible for providing discussion topics and moderating discussions. Essential discussion topics to explore might include:
  1. How do geographic location and climate influence the foods which are grown and available to people?
  2. What role does food play in our lives? (health, lifestyle, family celebrations, cultural heritage, etc.)
  3. How do family traditions and cultural heritage contribute to similarities and differences around the world?
  4. How does our judgment of these things contribute to our perception of other people and their way of life?
The scope and depth of these discussions would certainly depend on age level. Teachers in a cluster may decide to put students into small groups for specific topics or focus areas. Be creative and have fun with these interactions!


The final stage in this project is very exciting! After the recipes are ready for print, students then go home and prepare the dish with their family. If possible, a bright, color photograph of the dish or a stage of its preparation is taken to accompany the recipe. The photo(s) are then embedded into their word document representing a page or two of a professional cookbook. All final recipes will be imported or gathered in one document and sent off to me after all editing and formatting have been completed. These can be sent to __matt.mcguire@nbed.nb.ca__ I will then compile all the documents into one or two final cookbooks and send them off to a publishing company.


The end result of this culturally-rich and family-orientated project is a collection of recipes from around the world, which not only promote opportunities to further-develop understanding towards a number of diverse cultures and traditions, but also showcase student-created cross-curricular content. The recipes are compiled and organized into one complete document, either by school and country or by category of recipe (appetizer, main course meal, dessert, etc.) depending on the diversity of meal types or overall wishes of the group. They are then sent off for publishing and everyone involved with the project has access to the cookbook (in digital or hard copies). Schools may choose to utilize the cookbook in their own creative ways.


The cost of each cookbook has traditionally been approximately $5-$6 / cookbook and is very professional looking (full-color covers, ISBN codes, and binding options). They can be delivered right to your school’s doorstep! Cookbooks can be also be sold for school fundraising or charitable support. This year, I would like to allocate the profits from cookbook sales to a charitable cause. (See below for my personal suggestion) Please note that your participation in the charitable support is completely optional.
I have done this project before and it has been an amazing cross-curricular activity, as well as a wonderful and unique cultural experience as students get the opportunity to collaborate with global peers and are exposed to many culturally-diverse foods and recipes. The dialogue between students is often extremely rich and the amount of “real-world” learning experiences are endless!

Guidelines:
  1. Please make sure your students are using proper grammar and spelling and not using “texting” language; this is an educational group.
  2. Teachers must moderate all comments in the group. If you see anything inappropriate, take a screenshot of it and then delete it. Share the screenshot with that student’s teacher and use it as a "teachable moment" to explain what postings should look like. Teachers are encouraged to review the principles and practices of appropriate use of technology. A good reference for this is: __http://digitalcitizenshipdr.wikispaces.com/__
  3. Please be committed to having students comment in their groups about twice a week. It is not fair to the other group members when classrooms don’t follow through after signing up for a project.
  4. When deadlines are set, please work towards meeting them as best as possible as schools have different calendars and timelines and we try to avoid holding projects up.
  5. Communication is the key! Please keep in regular contact with all parties involved to ensure participation, direction, and progress! The ultimate goal here is a pleasant, enriching learning experience for all involved.


How to Join:
  1. Register by emailing Matt McGuire at __matt.mcguire@nbed.nb.ca__ by January 27th, 2013. When you receive confirmation, register on the project’s Wiki and sign your class up. (upload school information, picture, timezone, etc.)
  2. Students and teachers will each need to create their own individual Edmodo account with a username and a password. Classroom teachers should create their own group first and allow students to try it out with classmates if they have never used Edmodo before. Clusters will be created as teachers sign up for the project (by me). I will do my best to connect classes with others in different areas, but it will depend on how many teachers join the project and the number of participants from each grade level. Once clusters are formed, I will email links to a Google Doc so an Edmodo group can be created and teachers can begin. Please refrain from allowing parents to comment in these groups.


View Edmodo Netiquette Prezi and have a discussion with your students about proper behavior in the group. (see below) __http://prezi.com/5bi3u_2-dtez/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share__


For further information:
Email Matt McGuire at __matt.mcguire@nbed.nb.ca__ or direct message me __@MattRTMcGuire__

Project wiki:

http://thecompleteinternationalcookbook.wikispaces.com/Project+Goals



For Help with Edmodo visit the__Edmodo Help Center__


This year’s suggested charitable cause:
Please check out__www.helplesotho.org__ . Lesotho is a country in southern Africa. It is the third highest AIDS-populated country in the world. Help Lesotho’s Child Sponsorship program enables high school students to continue their schooling and become educated, productive members of their communities. Prohibitive high school fees mean that many students will not go beyond the primary school level. I would love to help as many high school students graduate with our proceeds from The International Cookbook. Please note that your participation in the charitable support is completely optional.