Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This lesson uses the “Memory Card Game” concept to accomplish a competitive and fun information reinforcement and review of previously presented vocabulary information.
Teacher Prep Notes
I know this seems like a lot to do, but it's really not. It is amazingly fun for the students and a little bit of time is really all it takes. The cards can be used again next year . Set Up the Game: Hopefully you have a wall of bulletin board material as the set up requires a bit of wall space. Use 8x11 sheets of card stock, 2 colors and 26 sheets of each. One color should be lettered in a large bold marker. The second set of colored cards should number each card 1-26. On the reverse side of each lettered card tape one of the printed out terms. On the reverse side of the numbered cards tape one of the printed out definitions. It is important that the numbers and letters have random terms and definitions. Of course all of this work is done in advance. I have student aides help with making the game cards, and the game is put in place on the wall before the start of the day. Use push pins to adhere the cards to your wall. Your first line is cards A-M, under that place cards 1-13. The third line should the rest of the letters; finish the numbers on the fourth line. See pictures in the materials section. Change a few definitions and terms around on their cards between class periods so students in 1st period can't share information with students in 3rd period.
- single class period
- 50 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
Objectives and Goals
- Students will define and memorize up to 50 Culinary terms and be able to pass an objective test over the subject.
- Students will commit to memory at least 26 culinary terms.
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- Cooking Terms Vocab Sheet [ Download ] Student Original Worksheet
- Food Preparation Terms.doc [ Download ] Assessment
- Vocab Quiz [ Download ] Quick Assessment
- Cooking Terms Definitions [ Download ] Teacher's Answer Key
Activities in this Lesson
- Game Excitement - Hooks / Set
As soon as the bell rings, get students listening ASAP. (I never busy myself with roll call at the beginning of the period, it wastes valuable moments to grab their attention.) Say ” How many of you have ever played the card game called ‘Memory’ or ‘Concentration.’ Raise your hand if you would consider yourself good at it or win a lot when you play. Awesome, you guys get to be team captains."
- Team Formation, Game Explanation - Guided Practice
Set up the students: Everyone get out your Cooking Vocab sheets you spent the last couple of class periods filling out. Also, put away all pens and pencils. (this is VERY important. If they have a something to write with, they can cheat and your game will be over within ten minutes and completely worthless.)
Set up the teams: I have tried this with more than two teams and it doesn’t work well. Take the captains that you have and divide them into two sets. Place them on opposite sides of the room and ask students to divide the desks into half also. Turn the desks so that they are looking at your game board. (photo in teacher prep section). Divide the remaining students in half and place them on your two teams. DO NOT let students pick teams or divide themselves. Take care to divide the students with your assessed intellectual ability of each student in mind. In otherwords, don't put all the really smart kids together.
Explain the rules: “So you know when you play memory, you turn over two cards and if they match you get that pair and you get to have another turn. Well this is very similar. Here when it’s your turn you will choose a letter and a number; if the term and the definition match your team gets a point and the next person on your team gets to have a turn. If the cards don’t match we turn them back over and it’s the other team’s turn. Questions? Yes, you can help your team mates and yes, you can look at your completed vocab worksheet. NO PENS OF PENCILS, your team will forfeit points if we see one!” Flip a coin to see which team goes first and play. Keep up the pace; move quickly because if your momentum is slow the kids will not be excited. I recommend having one student keep score and one student help you turn over cards as they are called.
Play the game until all cards are turned up.
Some potential glitches: you have one team run away with the score and you reach “dormie” really early in the class period: this is why you divide the kids, to fix this you could make the last five cards worth 3 points each. The other thing that happens a lot: the kids ask to have the same card turned over a bunch of times without finding the match. Stop and laughingly ask if someone actually knows the matching term or definition? Someone will know and say it aloud. Resume play.
- Finishing the Fun - Closure
When the game concludes we distribute extra credit to both teams, a little more for the winners and helpers. Point to the wall of turned up cards and say: this is it, your review for the quiz tomorrow. There will be 14 words randomly selected from your vocab sheet on which you will have a quiz at the beginning of class tomorrow. Please review not only the 26 that were part of the game but also the remaining words on your self-compiled reference sheet.
The activity the students come into the next day is the short quiz. If you have more time use the Food Prep Terms as a longer and more complete assessment.