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Create a Global Cookie Recipe Book

Students will conduct research to find a recipe and learn the history of cookies around the world. They will use what they learned to create informational pages about each cookie. Then they will compile the pages to create a global cookie recipe book.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, review the article to examine the origins of the Berger cookie. Discuss how something as simple as a cookie can become a symbol for the area where it was created.
  2. Point out that Baltimore's Berger cookie is not an isolated example. People often associate foods, including cookies, with specific places. And more than likely, there's an interesting story behind each one. 
  3. Have students investigate the origins of one or more type of cookie. Instruct them to find a recipe as well as details about each cookie's history. 
  4. Instruct students to compile the information they collected to create an informational page about cookies. Encourage them to include photos, drawings and maps that help tell their cookies' stories. Remind them not to forget to include the recipe.
  5. Combine students' work to create a cookie recipe book for the class. 

ASSESSMENT: 

Make copies of the finished recipe book. Share the book with the school for the holidays. If possible, encourage students to bake batches of their cookies at home. Invite them to share the cookies as they present what they learned about the cookies' origins to the class.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSSON:     

Grades 3-4:
As a class, conduct research to identify one cookie that is associated with each continent (except Antarctica). Have students investigate to find a recipe and learn about the history of each cookie. Encourage them to create an informational page about each cookie. Compile the pages to create a brief global cookie recipe book.

Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Assign each group one continent (except Antarctica). Challenge groups to identify up to three different cookies that are associated with their assigned continents. Encourage them to investigate to find a recipe and learn about the history of each cookie. Have students create an informational page about each cookie. Compile the pages to create a global cookie recipe book.

Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Assign each pair one country. Be sure to select countries that represent each continent (except Antarctica). Challenge partners to identify one or two cookies that are associated with their assigned countries. Encourage them to investigate to find a recipe and learn about the history of each cookie. Have partners create an informational page about each cookie. Compile the pages to create a global cookie recipe book.

Grades 9-10:
Have students conduct research to identify a type of cookie that is often associated with a specific place. Review students' selections to make sure there are no repeats and to ensure that countries all around the world are represented. Once the ideas are approved, instruct students to investigate their cookies. Tell them to find a recipe and to take detailed notes about the origins of their cookies. Have students create informational pages about their cookies. Compile the pages to create a global cookie recipe book.