The halls of McNamara Elementary School were full of smiles as children were moving from class to class, learning about rice. The lesson “Everybody Cooks Rice” involved learning about the many aspects of rice. The activities were suitable for all subjects: social studies, math, science, reading, and writing.
The Social Studies component focused on learning the regions where rice comes from, and the cultural dishes that each region prepares. Teachers showed students a variety of pictures of rice from cookbooks highlighting various cultures: Mexican, Creole, Chinese, etc.
The math aspect focused on measuring different amounts of rice, water, and spices to create different dishes. Mathematics was also used as a tool to vote for the students’ favorite dish, and graph the results.
Science reviewed previously learned concepts, color, size, weight buoyancy, etc.
Students also listened to the story Everybody Eats Rice, and discussed the idea that people in different countries have things in common.
Students also had to compile recipes by using pictures to cut and paste in sequence of cooking.
This interactive learning activity was a hands-on way for kids to learn about how rice is an international source of food. Thanks to the teachers and administrators at McNamara Elementary School the project was a huge success.