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Mexican Food
Grade Level(s): 3-5
By: Melissa Schack, Student at Indiana University of P

Following a lecture on the history of Mexican food, grade five students will be able to recognize and order Mexican cuisine, at a restaurant, with 100% accuracy.


  • At least one computer with access to the World Wide Web.
  • A set of art supplies for each student.
  • Construction paper.
  • Pictures of various kinds of Mexican food.


  1. Start by discussing the history of corn in Mexico. Ask the students the following questions:
    1. Why do you think corn is so important in Mexico?
    2. Are these foods similar to the ones that we eat at home?
    3. What do we eat at home that is similar/dissimilar?
    4. What foods would you eat that were shown and talked about?
    5. What foods are typical in the American diet?
    6. Which of these foods would people in Mexico eat as well?
    7. Which of these foods would people in other countries eat as well?
  2. Discuss all the questions asked in detail. Discuss why there is a difference in the types of food eaten in a particular country.
  3. Display the various pictures with the English name and the Spanish name below it. Say the English version then the Spanish version and have the class repeat after you. After the pictures have been viewed and spoken in Spanish, show the picture and ask the class, as a whole, to say the food in Spanish.
  4. Discuss that the class will be making their own menu, using the new words that they have learned. They can be as creative as they wish, but they must use the new words learned in this lesson. Tell the class that they will be sharing his/her menu with the class.
  5. The class will become acquainted with new vocabulary for two class periods, using their menus, playing memory game, bingo, and having vocabulary quizzes. At the beginning of the third class period, the class will go to a Mexican restaurant and order their lunch in Spanish.
Student Assessment:

Assessment Plan-- The students' understanding of the vocabulary will be informally assessed through large group participation in a class discussion. Teacher observation of individual participation in the class discussion will also be evaluated. The students' understanding will also be assessed in playing various games as memory and bingo. The quizzes and ordering of lunch in a Mexican restaurant will be the formal evaluation, of the understanding of the material.

  1. Part of a video called Cuisine Mexico will be shown to the class. This video shows various Mexican dishes and how they are prepared.
  2. Playing memory game: cards with pairs of vocabulary words English-Spanish or Spanish-English images face down, which students try to match up, by remembering the location of the cards. Each player is allowed to turn 2 cards face up, if they match the player removes them form the board, if not, the player turns them face down and loses the turn. The player with the most matches wins.
  3. Playing bingo: using student-made bingo cards, in which the students have written vocabulary words.
  4. Internet sites: For the student who chooses to browse the web for activities.
    • http://www.funbrain.com
    • http://www.quia.com/custom/312main.htm
    • http://www.wordcentral.com


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