Academic journal article Journal of School Health

Culture Club: Foods from around the World

Academic journal article Journal of School Health

Culture Club: Foods from around the World

Article excerpt

Topic

Food Customs and Culture

Lesson Objective

Examine food traditions at home and around the world.

Assessment Criteria

Identify the ways that culture influences our choice of foods.

Activities and Strategies

Present the following information to the class: As people immigrate to the United States and as Americans visit other countries, they are influenced by new and different foods and food traditions. Special occasions and festivals are ways to pass customs and culture to children, and food often is associated with these occasions and traditions. Special table settings and decorations can add to the festivity.

Distribute the handout, "Traditional Foods for Holidays and Festivals."

Ask different students to present the information about the different holidays and festivals to the class. Discuss any other holidays that students celebrate at their homes.

Discuss how merchants and food suppliers meet the needs of different ethnic groups.

Since some holiday meals are high in calories, care should be taken to reduce fat intake and portion sizes in the remaining meals. …

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