Part of Unit: Fish and Shellfish
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This chapter teaches basic product knowledge to prepare the students for cooking procedures that will follow. Students will be introduced to the structure and composition of fin fish. The various market forms, and varieties and characteristics of fin fish.
Lesson Time One class period
- Fish Basics
- 55 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- HTR.B.B6.1 Know the qualities and properties of food items and ingredients used in food pre...
- HTR.B.B6.4 Prepare food by using the correct techniques and procedures specified in recipes...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.4 Synthesize the content from several sources or works by a single author dealing ...32
Objectives and Goals
Determine doneness of fish. Identify basic market forms of fish, recognize common varieties of fish in food service. Understand proper storage techniques for fresh fish. Determine best quality characteristics of fresh fish.
Activities in this Lesson
- Terms To Know for Fish Basics - Independent Practice
This is a preliminary activity the students do while you are taking roll. Give the students a copy of Activity Sheet A "Terms to Know in Fish Basics," have them review the terms used in the lesson while they are waiting for class to begin. I sometimes wonder if the students are actually reviewing the vocabulary terms or are they just mindlessly recording information. So for this lesson I've included a mindmap worksheet (The sequence of events chain organizer,) that we will use as reinforcement in our next activity.
- Terms Used in Fish Basics Activity Sheet A.doc [ Download ] Vocabulary terms
- Draw me a Picture - Hooks / Set
There are so many possibilities for your hook here. You could have a "Sports Fishing" video playing,or a giant "Fish Flag" you got in China Town hanging up. Or you could have a plate of iced fish on display. I believe visible clues really help to get the students motivated and the more senses you can involve the better. So I'm going with a plate of fish.
To begin the lesson I tell my students: It's been said that cooking is more than a skill it's an art. So to begin our lesson today were going to practice our artistic skills by drawing a picture of today's topic. By the way does anybody want to guess what are topic is today? (Hopefully some one says..... Fish?.)
Teacher note: At this point hand out the "Stream to River to Ocean," Activity sheet.
Purpose: This activity will get the students ready to learn by allowing them to start with a different type of assignment and to tie in their vocabulary review words with a graphic organizer, " The Life Cycle of an Anadromous Fin Fish."
Since the drawing is a salmon which is an example of an anadromous fish, pass out the sequence organizer worksheet entitled " Life Cycle of Anadromous Fish," and have students complete.
Teacher note: Go throughout the room and check for the students understanding of the assignment and to make individual comments. Collect the assignments and post on the wall.
- Open Reading - Group Work
This activity should be read together by assigning a paragraph to each of the students. After I open with the first paragraph then student 1, for one paragraph, student 2 for one paragraph, student 3, and so on.
When choosing students pick twice as many as you need. Then assign each student a number and a letter e.g. John is #1A, Dillion is #1B Susan is #2A, Anna is #2B etc. What I do is put an equal number of A and B slips in a bowl and pick it just before the next person is to read. So the next reader might be 2A or it might be 2B. I do this to keep more students engaged for a longer period of time.
Teacher Note: After everyone has a position 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, etc. distribute the reading Material entitled " In the Beginning."
- Quality Characteristics of a Fresh Fish - Guided Practice
Student returns to reading activity to collect data in order to complete the "Quality Characteristics of Fresh Fish worksheet" and the "Market Forms of Fish", activity sheet 4.
- Assessment Types:
- Writing Samples, Journals, Teacher-Made Test,
After completing all the activities, give the students a written test.
- Written Test and Key [ Download ]