I give this lesson after having students participate
in an annual school fundraiser. My second year students write up bilingual
(Spanish/English) recipe cards for two of their favorite cookie recipes
from their native culture. They then bake the cookies, arrange them decoratively
for the holiday season, and after attaching the bilingual recipe cards to
the beautifully wrapped cookies, donate them to our parent booster group
to sell at their annual Tour of Homes Fundraiser. The students have just
learned the formal and informal commands, so they are asked to write the
Spanish version of the recipe using one of these command forms. They are
given a vocabulary study sheet that supplies them with all of the liquid
and dry cooking measurements in metric, common cookie ingredients, and the
cooking terminology that they will need to complete this activity.
Students will review cooking vocabulary.
Students will read an authentic cookie recipe in
Spanish off of the internet.
Students will work with metric units of measure
in creating recipes.
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the
Computer with access to the world wide web
List of cooking vocabulary
Hand out a vocabulary study sheet that deals with
cooking terminology if the students have not covered this information in
Have students answer the student activity sheet
You may want to translate the student activity sheet
into Spanish before giving it to the students if you have block periods
or if you have an advanced class.
Advanced students should be encouraged to take advantage
of the extension activities.
In this activity we will be visiting a web site for
recipes in Spanish. Students will be using their recall, worksheets and
grammar skills to create authentic, Spanish/Hispanic dessert recipes for
catering to both small and large parties.
Pre-reading/Recall: (All answers should be recorded
in Spanish, por favor).
List at least 5 units of liquid metric measurement
used for cooking.
List at least 5 metric units of measurement for
dry cooking ingredients.
List at least 5 infinitive verbs that you might
need to use in the kitchen or for cooking.
Read the recipe carefully and write down any of
the ingredients, units of measurement, or instructions that you don't understand.
Use a dictionary or your "cooking terminology
worksheet" to define these words.
Copy the recipe, changing the verbs to formal (usted)
How would the required measurements of the ingredients
change if you had to double the recipe for a small dinner party?
How would the measurements change if you had to
triple the recipe for a slightly larger party?
If one recipe of the recipe costs $8.75 to prepare,
how much would it cost to double the recipe in order to cater a small party?
How much would it cost to triple the recipe to cater to a slightly larger
group of people?
Which of the following instructions do you recognize
from the recipe you choose? Circle them.
batir añadir mezclar agregar agitar
colocar pelear hervir hornear calentar
cortar rallar cocinar preparar enfriar
cubrir poner guisar freír servir
Write at least a five sentence description of the
dessert you choose in Spanish. Be sure to include what the recipe is called,
what the main ingredients are, whether you feel it is difficult or easy
to prepare, and whether you would recommend this recipe to a friend
Your teacher may ask you to do one or more of the
Prepare 3 portions of the recipe to sell for the
Spanish Club at International Day. Try to determine the price you would
have to charge each of your clients in order to make a 10% profit. Write
a short paragraph explaining your experience and whether or not you were
able to reach your goal.
Create a bilingual recipe card for the recipe you
chose. Be sure to create a decorative border for the holiday season. Use
two separate 4" x 6" cards, one for each language. Be sure to
use formal (usted) commands when writing up your project.
Create a video with one or two other students using
the format of one of the popular television cooking shows. (If you have
cable, consult the cooking channel for creative ideas). Pick one of the
recipes someone in your group has worked on in the lesson above. Film each
step of preparation for the cookie recipe. Be sure to be creative and include
as much humor as you can. The video should not exceed 5 minutes.