Hello parents! April 10, 2012
We hope you had a wonderful spring break!
This week students are being introduced to a new unit Food and Nutrition! This unit
will be our focus in science, but it will also be implemented within our language arts,
writing, math, and social studies units as well. We have several fun and exciting projects
and activities planned during this unit. Two of the projects will be at home projects
introduced in this letter so there is plenty of time to complete.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for being an active
part of your child’s education!
Ms. Sangprasert (student teacher)
1st project: Healthy Recipes due NO LATER THAN Tuesday,
Students must create a recipe that they try making that is in line with their dietary needs from
Students can create their own recipe, follow a family recipe, or find one using resources.
Some great online resources include:
Students will create a written report that contains the following:
Student includes HEALTHY recipe and cooking directions
Their experience cooking or preparing it
Chart or Categories of what ingredients falls under what food group
Nutrition values (calories per serving, fat content per serving, carbohydrates per serving,
sugars per serving, protein per serving. )
Pictures (not required, optional if desired)
How it tastes, if they liked it or not, and why
Reports can be typed or written on paper or small poster board. No PowerPoint
presentations for this assignment please. Students will not be orally presenting these so
please make sure all information is in the report.
Rubric for the 1st project “Healthy Recipe Due Tuesday, April 24th
Objective 1 2 3 4
(does not meet (meets some (meets objectives) WOW !
objectives) objectives) (exceeds objectives)
HEALTHY recipe and Recipe is not Recipe is not Recipe complete and Recipe is detailed
cooking directions included or not complete or not healthy. Cooking and easy to read.
healthy. Directions healthy. Cooking directions complete. Recipe is healthy!
not included. directions not Cooking directions
complete. numbered in order
and easy to read.
Experience of Experience not Experience of Experience of Experience of
preparing and included. preparing or cooking preparing and preparing and
cooking recipe not included. Does cooking recipe cooking recipe
not include complete included in complete include detailed
thoughts. thoughts. thoughts. Contains
positive and negative
Food Group Chart/ No food group chart Some good groups All food groups listed All food groups listed
Category or category included. included. in chart or under in chart or under
each category. each category. Chart
of categories clearly
Nutritional Values No nutritional values Some of the All nutritional values All nutritional values
included. nutritional values included. included. Display is
included. organized and easy
Personal opinion No personal opinion Personal opinion Personal opinion Personal opinion is
included. included but vague. included. Some very detailed
Not detailed. details are given containing many
about recipe. descriptive words and
is very engaging.
Mechanics Major spelling, Many spelling, Minor spelling, No spelling,
grammar, and/or grammar, and/or grammar, and/or grammar, and/or
organizations issues organizational issues organizational issues organizational issues
present. Thoughts present. Thoughts present. Thoughts present. Thoughts are
not clear or present. not clear. are clear. clear and detailed.
Overall Report Not legible, very Some pride taken. Pride shown in FULL OF PRIDE!
Display and neatness messy, not pride Seems rushed or not report. Thought taken Very neat and time
taken. well thought threw. in design and was taken to
2nd Project: Food Assistance in North Carolina Due no later than Friday, May 4th
Students need to research and select a community assistance food services in North Carolina. In
addition to researching encourage your child to go and get involved and volunteer to see first hand
how they help and that even as a 4th grader, they can make a difference.
Students do NOT have to select one of these. If you are affiliated with a religious organization or
some other organization that provides assistance, that is acceptable. If they work with a club or
organization (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc) that is acceptable also. Here are some examples of
community assistance food services if you need ideas:
Charlotte Rescue Mission (holiday meals)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
The Community Café, Inc.
Salvation Army Disaster Services
Students will then create a presentation that discusses:
Who they are
History and information about organization
Where they are located
What their focus is, mission statement, why it is important
How volunteers can help
This presentation will be done orally in front of the class and should be no more than about 5 minutes.
Students can create any visual displays they would like to use (bring pictures, poster boards, etc.)
Students can create a PowerPoint Presentation for this assignment if they wish.
Students are welcome to use a guide to help them present information about their food assistance program
but they should NOT be reading it word for word from a paper. If they are practicing and reading over
their information frequently, they will do just fine.
Rubric for the 2nd project: Food Assistance in North Carolina Due Friday, May 4th
Objective 1 2 3 4
(does not meet (meets some (meets WOW!
objectives) objectives) objectives) (exceeds
Community Specific Assistance service Assistance service Assistance service
Assistance Food community included but does in North Carolina in Charlotte,
Service assistance food not serve North is included. North Carolina is
service not Carolina. clearly included.
Who represents Information Some information Information Detailed
the organization regarding human regarding human regarding human information
resources not resources resources regarding human
included. included. included. resources
Information and Information Information Information Detailed
history of regarding regarding regarding information
organization organization organization organization and regarding
and/or history not and/or history not history clearly organization and
included. clearly stated. stated and history clearly
engaging. stated and very
Location of Location of Location of Location and/or Location of
Organization organization not organization locations of location(s)
listed. vague. organization included and
included. clearly stated.
Organization Does not contain Contains focus or Contains focus Clearly contains
focus or mission focus or mission mission statement and/or mission focus and mission
statement statement. but it is not clear. statement clearly. statement.
How volunteers Does not give Contains minimal Contains Contains detailed
help volunteer volunteer information about information about
information. information. volunteers. volunteers, their
roles, and how
others can help.
Oral presentation No pride shown. Some pride and Pride taken in PRIDE IS SHOWN
Complete preparation presentation and THROUGHOUT!
sentence or shown. Thoughts preparation. Presentation very
thoughts not not complete. Thoughts are engaging and
present. complete. display of