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Cooking up Literacy!

Holiday festivities invite many opportunities for sharing food. Learners may be interested in trying out some new recipes, exploring cooking magazines or even writing down some family recipes to pass on to family and friends.

Working with recipes is a way to practice sequence, abbreviations, adjectives and more!

For example:

  • When a recipe calls for “2 T fresh basil, chopped,” the cook should take two tablespoons of fresh basil and chop it. If the recipe lists “2 T chopped basil,” the cook should add two tablespoons of chopped basil to the dish.

  • Following the order of steps is important. Talking through the steps involved can help learners see how a series of activities can be set out on paper.

  • Cooking is filled with shorthand abbreviations that we run across frequently on package labels, in health articles and recipes. Some basic ones are: “t” or “tsp” for teaspoon and “oz” for ounce.

  • If you are looking for some math practice, you can also practice converting quantities, doubling recipes and using actual measuring spoons and cups to help illustrate sizes.

  • Build your vocabulary by practicing cooking terms: ingredients, types of tools and pans, or techniques.

Here are a few resource sites. Happy cooking and learning!

Abbreviations and Measurements:

Cooking terms:

Cooking terms and how-to’s:


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