A recipe book project


Our Greek Recipe Book cover page

Our Greek Recipe Book cover page

This amazing project, was one of the projects we did in collaboration with our French partners last school year, on etwinning.  ( http://desktop.etwinning.net/index.cfm )

The project background

Students research the recipes of typical food dishes in their countries as well as the origin of the ingredients and recipes


Teacher Goals

  • To promote cultural development/respect among the students
  • To tie in the Social Studies curriculum
  • To promote appreciation of the students ethnic backgrounds
  • To have a cultural celebration

Students Goals

  • To appreciate their own background
  • To learn other cultural backgrounds .To learn the historic perspective of their cultures
  • To develop a Cultural Recipe Book
One of the recipes- handwritten

One of the recipes- handwritten

Class motivation

It was very easy for me to motivate my students for this project. I told them that I would like to have them  create a class Cultural Recipe Book in order  to be sent to France.At the end of the project our partners  would have a  greek food celebration or a picnic. Unfortunately, our school closed early and we didn’t have the chance to do the same!

Most of the recipes were handwritten because, we don't have a computer lab at school!!

Most of the recipes were handwritten because, we don’t have a computer lab at school!!

Background knowledge

  • Students used family members at home as primary resources of information.
  • Students were asked to browse the internet for information.


First,  I introduced the project. I needed to know if that  class ( 6th graders)  would be willing to cooperate with me. They were excited and ready to start working.

A parent letter was generated and sent home informing them that their child is participating in this class project. The letter asked for their support with student online help, recipe ingredients  etc.

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Greek Easter Cookies

I also asked volunteers to create our Recipe Book Cover page and had a competition in class for the best cover! Students, had to vote for their favourite Recipe Book Cover.

Students were  responsible for gathering information on their own time.

After they had received their partners’ recipe book some time later,  a discussion followed in class about the  culturally similarity we share. Although they or their family is from different countries  we all have something in common.

On of the candidate Book Covers

On of the candidate Book Covers


How to we tie it into curriculum standards?

This project ties in with the English Language Standards. Students are reading, writing, listening and speaking for information. Understanding, writing ,  and social interaction are also involved.

This project lends itself  into the Social Studies curriculum, geographical and historic aspects, too.

How do we get students interested in the topic?

I  think this project is self motivating.  When it comes to talking about yourself and where you are from and then combining it with peoples all time favorite-food, it just works! The students are naturally interested and enthused about the project.

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The lack of Tech at school , is not a problem at all for my students since, when there is a will , there is a way!

Basic skills before starting the project

The students need to know how to access the internet. (Most of them  do know how.)
The students  need to know how to write-up a recipe including the ingredients and step-by-step directions.( I have to teach them basic vocabulary and expressions )

How are the students organized

The students work and present information individually. Everyone is equally responsible for collecting and gathering their information. As long as the students participate in this assignment, I accept what they hand in.

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The final stage

I  asked   the students to creatively and attractively create their own recipe page for the book. (I  binded all of the pages together once each one had handed in his/her page.)  I finally, uploaded all their work on twinspace using http://issuu.com/

Students in both countries, commented and discussed each other’s work. Both me and my partner teacher Carolyn, wanted  students to share what they’ve learned about each other’s culture.

Our class “Cultural Recipe Book” is  kept on display in our english class bookcase, as well!

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Three of the candidate Covers on display…

Halloween games, craft and activities, in my class.


A magic spell juice, we even tasted !


Halloween is time for great fun in my class!!

Among other things , we play lots of games during our Halloween party! I suggest that you try some of them, too…Part of teaching english  or any other language , is teaching customs and traditions, a different way of life !


Well, here’s a short list of what I have tried over the years and has worked, in  all different levels:



To make a ghost ,take an old white sheet and cut two holes for the eyes…to make an easy Halloween costume use a black bin bag.You can cut wings to make a bat or a vampire!

Let your students improvise on the main idea and come up with their own costumes that very day, too.You’ll be surprised by  the outcome!

The “Best Halloween costume contest”  can follow ,on an imaginary …”catwalk”!

bloghallloween FUN


Ask them to bring a pumpkin lantern to the party!

bloghallpumpkin The volunteers who decide to do so, are always awarded a ‘scratch and sniff” sticker of  a Halloween theme! Children can do anything, just to have that precious sticker, trust me!!

Bobbing for apples:Put a lot of apples in a bowl with water and then ask them to get them out ,  no hands!


Bobbing for doughnuts: Hang some doughnuts up on string in front of the students faces .the first one who eats the doughnut, no hands, is the winner!I usually play backgroud spooky music during this game!



Circle ghost story: Sit in a circle on the floor.I  start a scary ghost story.The next person continues…and then the next student….until we get a scary end!

Pin the nose on the pumpkin: a variation of ” pin the tail on the donkey ” for very young learners!



Or “Pin the wart on the witch’s nose”!


Challege the class to come up with 20 Halloween related words in five minutes, working in teams or ask them to unjumble jumbled Halloween words!


Trick or Treat game-my favourite!


Going “Trick-or-treat ” around the school!


I offer them candies and lollipops and ask them to have as many as they wish!!!



Then – surprise!!-they are asked to write for homework ,as many sentences related to Halloween ,as the number of sweets they have in their hands! Tricky!!bloghalltreats

Wrap the mummy:


Using toilet paper,  pairs of students representing their teams, try to wrap their mummy first, top to toe! The first pair to finish , win  Halloween stickers for their team! Really funny!!


Wiggly worms game : We need, spaghetti, grapes, cooking oil and wrapped sweets. This is something I bring in class…students have no idea, it’s a surprise!



Cook the spaghetti!Add cooking oil to make it slimy.Put a black plastic bag in  a bin or a carton box.

Add the spaghetti and grapes.

Add the sweets and mix.

Make a cover for the bin.

Make a hole in the cover big enough for a hand.

Let your students find the sweets in the squishy worms for Trick or Treat!


Foot ghost:I ask my students to trace their foot on a piece of paper.Draw a face on it , and write Halloween facts or words ( depends on the level) on  it.Hang them in the classroom!





Halloween spooky tree: Build a spooky tree decoration either on the walls using card or in a bucket using plaster! Use little ghosts, or other Halloween images to decorate it!Good for teaching or revising Halloween vocabulary while decorating the tree as a class!




Dead man’s fingers sandwiches: Cut some bread in slices.spread on some margarine and cream cheese.roll up the sandwiches and cut them in sticks. Stick an almond in each finger to make a nail!Add some tomato ketchup to make the blood!


Green slime dessert:Make a green or red  jelly.Break it up with a fork and add some gummy worms to make a slimy dessert!


Toffee apples: I give the students the recipe first. They make the caramel, dip the apples in it with a stick and leave them to cool! Bring them  in class to share with their classmates! Reading comprehension, plus fun!


Halloween Rhymes:

I saw a ghost (Fingers circle eyes)

He saw me too( Point to yourself)

I waved at him( wave your hand)

But, he said “Boo”!

Halloween magic spell competition


I ask the students to write their own magic spells for anything they wish for…eg peace, love, happiness, etc

We then hold  a competition in class ,vote for the best spells and award the winners halloween treats!


Watch  a Halloween movie


Make popcorn, and take in some spooky cinematic sights! Harry Potter, Ghostbusters and for younger students, Heffalump Halloween, starring Winnie the Pooh, The adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad by Disney Classics are great choices!