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An interesting lesson on Mexican Food


Social Studies  



Title – Mexican Food
By – Melissa Schack
Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – Fifth Grade
-This is one of several lessons about food vocabulary. This lesson introduces Mexican food and the history behind it. The main objective of this lesson is to introduce new food vocabulary to the students. In addition, the students will also participate in classroom activities, make a menu of their own, take quizzes, and use the internet to practice the vocabulary. The students will apply what they learn in a Mexican restaurant, by ordering their meal in Spanish.

Learner Objectives:
Following a lecture on the history of Mexican food, grade five students will be able to recognize and order Mexican cuisine, at a restaurant, with 100% accuracy.

The students will be able to:
~ Identify the foods associated with Mexico.
~ Compare and contrast these foods with the foods associated in the United States.
~ Recognize that many of the foods used in the world today were developed in Mexico.
~ Describe the typical foods that come from Mexico.
~ Recall that Mexican meals have similarities and differences from the meals in America.
~ Be familiar with and be able to order food from a Mexican Menu.


~ At least one computer with access to the World Wide Web.
~ A set of art supplies for each student.
~ Construction paper.
~ Pictures of various kinds of Mexican food.

Introduction and Motivation:

– Teacher will ask the students what kinds of food they think that people in Mexico eat. The teacher will ask why most of the foods mentioned, if mentioned, have corn in it. The teacher will ask the class to pick a particular food that they notice is not common the their diet. The teacher will ask the class if they can identify any of the foods in the Spanish language. After the students respond to these questions, the teacher will discuss what the lesson will be about and show a video called Cuisine of Mexico. The teacher will then tell the class that they will be developing a menu in Spanish and going to a Mexican restaurant to order lunch in Spanish.

Lesson Body:

– The teacher will start discussing the history of corn in Mexico. The teacher will ask the students the following questions:
     1. Why do you think corn is so important in Mexico?
     2. Are these foods similar to the ones that we eat at home?
     3. What do they eat at home that is similar/dissimilar?
     4. What foods would they eat that were shown and talked about?
     5. What foods are typical in the American diet?
     6. Which of these foods would people in Mexico eat as well?
     7. Which of these foods would people in other countries eat as well?
– The teacher will discuss all the questions asked in detail. The teacher will discuss why there is a difference in the types of food eaten in a particular country. The teacher will display the various pictures with the English name and the Spanish name below it. The teacher will say the English version then the Spanish version and have the class repeat after him/her. After the pictures have been viewed and spoken in Spanish, the teacher will show the picture and ask the class, as a whole, to say the food in Spanish.
– The teacher will now discuss that the class will be making their own menu, using the new words that they have learned. They can be as creative as they wish, but they must use the new words learned in this lesson. The teacher will tell the class that they will be sharing his/her menu with the class. The class will become acquainted with new vocabulary for two class periods, using their menus, playing memory game, bingo, and having vocabulary quizzes. At the beginning of the third class period, the class will go to a Mexican restaurant and order their lunch in Spanish.


A. Student Assessment
     1. Assessment Plan
         – The students’ understanding of the vocabulary will be informally assessed through large group participation in a class discussion. Teacher observation of individual participation in the class discussion will also be evaluated. The students’ understanding will also be assessed in playing various games as memory and bingo. The quizzes and ordering of lunch in a Mexican restaurant will be the formal evaluation, of the understanding of the material.


1. Part of a video called Cuisine Mexico will be shown to the class. This video shows various Mexican dishes and how they are prepared.
2. Playing memory game: cards with pairs of vocabulary words English-Spanish or Spanish-English images face down, which students try to match up, by remembering the location of the cards. Each player is allowed to turn 2 cards face up, if they match the player removes them form the board, if not, the player turns them face down and loses the turn. The player with the most matches wins.
3. Playing bingo: using student-made bingo cards, in which the students have written vocabulary words.
4. Internet sites: For the student who chooses to browse the web for activities.

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