Japanese Cooking Activity at Queensbury Middle School

Japanese Cooking Activity at Queensbury Middle School


“Okay, we gotta get the seaweed!” “Seaweed?!?” Sixth-graders took their taste buds overseas during a writing class activity that brought Japanese food and culture to Queensbury Middle School. Our writing
classes have had the privilege of exchanging letters with students in Japan. A former teacher who retired last year, her son is over in Japan, Miyaki Island, teaching introductory English to
Japanese students. As a culminating activity, Michael Burns’ mother, Melody Burns, who is our former teacher, decided to come in and make this famous or very popular Japanese food.” “Okinami… The dish is made of cabbage and egg and water, and you put pork on it, and it’s fried on top of a griddle.” They’re actually measuring out the ingredients, mixing it together and then helping us cook it on the grill. And then they’re going to try it.” “The kids are really excited to try the recipe and also to just get a video from the students from other cultures and in the video they got to see who they’ve been writing to in person.” “The writing piece of it also is to reinforce letter writing skills and also to see how introductory English students from other countries learn how to write in the English language. Their handwriting is phenomenally neat! It’s amazing. The drawings that they did were fabulous.” The Japanese students’ recipe was also a hit with several local students who tried the foreign dish. “It tastes like broccoli and cheese.” “Very interesting.” “It tastes really good.”

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