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Oklahoma....where the wind is REALLY coming down the plains
Two summers ago I did a lesson on international foods with clay. I sent
questionaire home with each of my 80 students asking parents to sit with
their children and fill it out. I asked for an ethinic food which had
handed down in their family. I asked questions about when the food was
served, the ingredients and special stories about times when they'd had
or the person whose recipe it was. (Everyone came up with something
little prodding. One child who claimed no ethnic heritage in spite of
family discussion decided that turkey and mashed potatoes was their
family's special dish because it was always made for special events like
holidays and birthdays!)
We eventually made the foods out of clay and created a special serving
plate to put it on. There was a lot of dialogue between the students
while they worked. This sharing interchange between kids was wonderful.
learned a lot about foods, various cultures and about each other.
At the end of our summer program, I featured the foods on a long banquet
table with a nice table cloth, candles and flowers. Foods were grouped
country and if a story or special information had been submitted, I
it next to the dish. I even convinced a few parents to make some of the
dishes for us to try. The display was a big hit and I learned that
is a lot of cultural diversity right in our own backyard (even in a
white suburban school).
>Give me ambiguity or give me something else.
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