WRV Family and Consumer Science students in Nutrition and Wellness engage the fourth-graders at the Cooking Camp held at the elementary.
On Monday, WRV Nutrition and Wellness students loaded onto the bus with their supplies and headed to the elementary in Worthington to present the first Cooking Camp to the fourth graders.
White River Valley high school (grades 9 - 12) is in Switz City, the middle school (grades 5 - 8) is in Lyons and elementary (PreK - 4) is in Worthington.
There were four groups and each group prepared a nutrition activity, a menu planning activity and a cooking demonstration.
The first group prepared parfaits. They demonstrated how to properly use knives. In their presentation, they reminded the fourth-graders to only use knives with adult supervision. They showed how to properly hold a paring knife to core strawberries. Then they showed how to use a chef knife to chop an apple. They did a great job explaining and demonstrating how to use knives safely. Their parfait was very nutritious as well.
The second group had the fourth-graders unscramble nutrition words. Then they learned about how to whip cream. All the fourth-graders got to try whisking the cream to stiff peaks. They were really surprised to see how the liquid turns to a solid. The high school students explained the best way to whisk - side to side.
The third group prepared a rice and vegetable stir-fry. Planning was so important for this group. The rice was cooked and vegetables chopped in class earlier that day. All the ingredients were neatly packed with the electric skillet. They showed how to stir-fry the rice in butter and then place the lid on to steam the vegetables. Their lesson included an interactive board the students used to place ingredients on sections according to the nutrients they contain.
The fourth group focused on measuring tools. Fourth-graders learned about the liquid measuring cup, dry measuring cups and measuring spoons. Then they took turns using these tools to make a smoothie.
At each station, fourth-graders were really engaged and the high school students were very professional in their presentations.
High school students worked a whole week planning and preparing interactive activities. They practiced and then presented them to the fourth-graders. The next day they evaluated the project.
Students said the most important things they taught the fourth-graders were:
• Why we choose the brown rice instead of the white rice. -Abbie
• Why to crack an egg into a different cup. -Felipe
• Different kinds of foods have different nutrients, so eat a variety of foods to consume many nutrients. -Wesley
• How to properly use different knives. -Drew
• How to use their wrist for whisking - Haley
• The 5 food groups. -Luke
• What measuring tools we use for specific things. We taught them what you use a liquid measuring cup for, what you use a dry measuring cup for and what we use measuring spoons for. -Khloey
• Smoothies are just as tasty as milkshakes and contain more nutrients. -Mackenna
The fourth-graders had some things to say about the event as well:
• They taught us how to cook stuff. It was fun. -Landon
• I loved the smoothies! -Gabe
• Thanks for spending their time to help us learn. -Derek
• It was fun learning about the types of food groups. -Hadlee
• I enjoyed watching them cook the food. -Abby
• I liked learning how to make a delicious smoothie. -Alyssa
• It was interesting and unique. I liked learning about the class so when I go to high school I can take the class. -Janae
• I’m glad they came. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. -Jayden
• I learned how to make healthy foods. -Aubrey
It was so exciting to see the Nutrition and Wellness students teaching the fourth-graders about concepts the class has covered this semester. I hope to continue the cooking camp each year and that it will inspire students of all ages to eat healthfully.
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner