I started doing this after giving an essay prompt that required the students to choose to live in a city or a town. Not only did the students not understand the difference, but it quickly revealed that some of them had never even been downtown despite being able to see it and walk there if they wanted.
Many people grow up, live, and die within a few miles of where they were born. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I want my students to have an idea of how big and diverse the world is even if they never get to see it.
In order to bring our video lessons to life, I had a contest where I randomly drew names of 8 students that achieved a 70 or above on our test and took them to a restaurant where they could try some unconventional foods. They tried bone marrow, lamb, different vegetables, and the only rule was that they had to take one bite and explain why they did or didn’t like something. They had a blast.
While we ate, we discussed the history of the food and cultures where it originated. We talked about the different people that influenced the dishes. The wait staff was extra helpful and answered questions and concerns from the kids about dishes and ingredients.
They all only nibbled at things. The restaurant atmosphere was a tad overwhelming and the food was strange, but they tried it and had fun. I got everyone McDonald’s after so nobody would go home hungry. They were extra excited about that surprise.
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