I've referenced this site so often for ideas that I thought it was time I shared one of my own. This is a great activity for teaching commands and it suits all age levels!
The goal is to make a bowl of pineapple salsa together making sure that each student is responsible for a step in the process. I divide the recipe into individual strips of paper and give each student a strip. I also give each student an ingredient which I put in ziploc bags and label (for example, I write "garlic" on the bag that contains the chopped garlic). The first step is to organize the strips of paper into the correct order of the recipe (which I have included at the end of these directions). Then the students begin making the salsa according to the ingredients that they have in front of them. Once the salsa has been prepared they can enjoy eating their creation. While we're eating, we extract all of the examples of commands from the recipe. We then condense the recipe by combining some of the steps. Finally, we revise the recipe and give it some flow by including such words as: first, second, then, after that, finally, etc. The homework assignment is to have the students write down their favorite recipe using similar commands and following the pattern of the revised pineapple salsa recipe. The teacher can then compile all of the recipes into a class cookbook full of delicious foods!
2 Cups Pineapple, chopped
1 Cup Mandarin oranges
1 Onion, chopped
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 T lemon juice
2 tsp finely chopped red chili pepper
1 Bag of Tortilla chips
You will also need:
Plastic container for the salsa
Wooden bowl for the chips
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