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What's The Matter?

Name: Judy (Ka Fai) Chan
School: P.S. 124 Yung Wing School
Address: 40 Division Street
City: New York, NY, 10002
Original Project: What's The Matter?
Author: Bonnie Glasgold
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/ps101/matter/index.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: In "What's the Matter?" by Bonnie Glasgold, students studied the building blocks of our world. My second grade students and I studied the building blocks of a muffin. What goes into a muffin? What makes a muffin, a muffin? We predicted what the ingredients of a chocolate muffin are. We then read through a recipe to see if we were correct. We then made the batter and made observations as we watched the muffins baked.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Students will predict the ingredients of a food based on the name and the taste.
  Students will be able to read, understand, and follow a recipe.
  Students will make observations on the changes that take place during baking.
  Students will understand the ingredients of a food, and why each ingredient is necessary in the food.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: The teacher and the students used the Internet to look up different recipes. The teacher also used the computer to upload photos and to create recipe paper for students to write their own recipes. A recipe for Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Nut Muffins can be found at: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip-Nut-Muffins/Detail.aspx

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Through the recipes that the students wrote, the teacher was able to assess whether or not the students were able to fully understand the different ingredients necessary to make a muffin and the different steps in baking a muffin.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Chan graduated from NYU with a bachelor's degree in early childhood and special education. She received a Master's degree in literacy education at Hunter College. Ms. Chan'sinterests can be best be summarized as eclectic. She loves learning and doing different activities in art, cooking, and building. Ms. Chan has been teaching at P.S. 124 for four years. She taught first grade for three years and she chose to loop with her class into the second grade this year. She loves what she does and can't imagine doing anything else!

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: Fiind something that really interests you and choose a unit that fits into your curriculum. This makes it more fun and less time consuming.

Samples of Student Projects

  Chopping nuts to add into our muffin batter!
  Mixing all the ingredients!,Steps in Muffin Recipe
  Ingredients in Muffin Recipe


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