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Cultures and Cuisines WebQuest

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Keywords: Home Economics, Technology, Research, Writing, Presentation
Subject(s): Foreign Language, Math, Civics, Grammar, Spelling, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Business, Home Economics, Earth Science, Reading, Writing, Geography, Technology, Chemistry, History
Grades 9 through 12
School: Mumford High School, Detroit, MI
Planned By: Sharon Davis
Original Author: , Detroit
Time: 8-10 class periods

Materials Required:
Computer with internet and Powerpoint
Digital Camera
White Board
Video Camera
Visual Aids, maps, charts etc.
Food Supplies

To gain a better understancing of our global society.
To understand cultural influences and its relationship with the food people eat.
To understand the effect of geography, climate and demographics on the
food supply in the world.

Opening: Discuss the importance of world food supplies and world hunger. Discuss our global village and our responsibility to navigate throughout the world's diversity.

Where to find information:
1. Interview someone from your selected country. Document
2. Call or visit a restaurant that serves food from your selected country. Document
3. Access Web sites for starters: The Global Gastronomer

Information for Report :
1. Include a map of your selected country. Note Capital/Key Cities.
2. Explore their customs, their lifestyles and their history. Include data such as
demographics: population, life expectancy, government, religion,
language, literacy rate and industry.
3. What effect has this country had on the world? What is their relationship (if any)
with the United States?
4. What foods grow naturally in this country? How do traditions determine what is
or is not eaten? List some common cooking methods or techniques
used. List typical spices and/or seasonings used in food preparation.
5. Describe the effects of climate and geography on the foods consumed?
6. What influence has this country's food had in the United States.
7. Include a typical menu: appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts etc.

1. Arrange information into a interactive and/or powerpoint report.
2. Illustrate data on a white board
3. Select one dish to prepare for the entire class. Tape/ photos.
Limit $35.00
Food costs are determined by student enrollment. My classes are large therefore, I may have 6-7 groups per class.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Connections to the Curriculum:
Content Standard 1: All students will demonstrate skills necessary to function in family roles and relationships that are transferable to roles and responsibilities within the workplace and community.

Benchmark 1.8: Apply basic communication skills (reading, writing, speakings and listening), scientific and social studies concepts, mathematical processes, and technology to work-related situations, including the use of symbols, pictures, schematics, charts and graphics.

Math: Caculate cost to visit this country. Utilize Budget to purchase food supplies.
Language Arts: Examine literature, Poetry Writing, One Act Play deplicting Cultural Diversity.
World Language: Podcast
Science: Agriculture Cultivate Crops, Determine elements in foods (Periodic Chart)
Social Studies: History/Cultural Studies/Government/Tourism
Home Economics: International Foods Lab. / International Fashion Show
Taste Fest Fundraiser. Sell $5.00 tickets to offset the cost of the foods.
Culture and Cuisines Festival
International Family Night
Links: Map Machine
McCormic Spice
The Global Gastronomer
National Geographic
Epicurious (Recipes)
Materials: Slideshow, Web Page, Database, Spreadsheet, Art Tools, Word Processor, LCD Monitors, Computer Accessories, Memory Cards, Camera/Video Accessories, Video Cameras, Whiteboards, Internet Services, Student Resources
Other Items: 5 Food supplies for each group, $35 each, total of $175.00