Cultural Foods Project (Part 1 of 4)



This lesson introduces the concepts of food and culture and how they are tied together. The basic concepts of geography are explained, and students will be asked to think through how each of the 5 themes of geography affect food in a culture.

Throughout this series of 4 lessons, students will become acquainted with many cultures and their food, and become well versed with one country (of their choice) in particular. An extensive group project on a chosen country includes a written report, map, flag, poster, presentation and ending with a prepared 3 course traditional meal from that country. Library or computer lab recommended. Can be used as a final lab project.

Lesson Time

1 class period
50 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students should be able to recognize how different aspects of geography affect food choices and availability in different cultures.
  • Students will be able to explain the relationship between food and culture.
  • Students will be able to explain the role food plays in those different cultures, and what factors affect the food they eat.

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