6 Ways to Teach “the Hard Stuff” with Food


Teach tricky concepts with food. Here are 6 fantastically clever lesson plans to teach science and math concepts using food. Most of these lesson plan ideas use real food – which is a great hook and is memorable to students.

6 Ways to Teach the Hard Stuff with Food

These are just a few selected ideas from those on this site – but there’s a whole slew of creative ideas like these featured lesson plans on Teach Junkie. Be sure to check out all food in the classroom ideas if your students are led by their stomachs {wink}

Science Food Lesson Plans

Rocks for Kids – 12 Activities and Ideas
source: shenanigansinsecond.blogspot.com

Edible Rock Types – Introduce 3 observable properties of minerals before moving onto the three basic types of rocks. Help solidify tricky vocabulary by making it real!

Solids, Liquids, and Gases - Teach Junkie
Source: schroederpage.blogspot.com

Solids, Liquids and Gases: Fun With Froot Loops – a matter lesson on gases, liquids and solids using cereal to represent atoms. Make it easier to understand with tangible and tasty atoms.

Types of Soil - Edible Soil Project - Teach Junkie
Source: glitterinthird3.blogspot.com

Yummy and Quick Types of Soil Project – A tutorial for making edible soil in see-through plastic cups. A perfect way to make layers of soil easier to remember!

21 Super Activities for Teaching Moon Phases - Oreo Moon Phases - Teach Junkie
source: messyjofu.blogspot.com

Oreo Phases of the Moon – Using oreo cookies to model the phases of the moon is a yummy way to model and remember the name of each phase.

Math Food Lesson Plans

Pizza Fractions Project in a Box - Teach Junkie
Source: 4thgradefrolics.blogspot.com

Pizza Fractions Project in a Box – While this one uses paper instead of real food, it’s ideal to make fractions real for students! When fractions can be a tricky subject a meaningful lesson plan like this is sure to help work out misconceptions.

Factoring With Cereal - 6 Ways to Teach "the Hard Stuff" with Food
source: scaffoldedmath.blogspot.com

Factoring With Cereal – This one is for high school but I found it helpful to see how a fun manipulative can go a long way in covering a tricky concept like factoring!

A quick, but powerful set of ideas that are really targeted at making learning stick!

Thanks talented teachers – your food in the classroom lesson plans are so creative! Feel free to grab the “I’m a Featured Teach Junkie” blog button as your creations are definitely worth the shout out. {{high fives}}

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Leslie {aka the original Teach Junkie} loves learning new things to make teaching easier and more effective. She enjoys featuring creative classroom fun when she's not designing teacher shirts, making kindergarten lesson plans or planning her family's next trip to Disney World.