As a first step the students had to do some individual research about this local speciality, they went to the local library, logged on the Internet and collected as much information as they could about the topic. In the second stage they wrote the draft in small groups and a high school student translated it into English.
After visiting the exhibition about advertising in the XX century students were asked to create their own advertisement about their favourite food.
Lapbooks are paper clipboards in different sizes and formats. They are made to contain all the items realised about a topic.
These items are drawings, images, pictures, brief descriptions which will be reported on several templates and minibook in
different sizes. All of them are folded and reclosable and they will be positinated inside the lapbook.
This is a teaching tool to be built while talking about a topic or after concluding it.
Our garden is hosting a vegetable garden made by the pupils. The focus was to discover the seasonality of vegetables, and also that is very important to know what we eat. We saw the growth of the vegetables, from the seed to the fruit.
The Project was developed at the Magnani Rocca, a museum were pupils could see some famous painting. We focused on Giorgio Morandi, an italian painter. The final product was to reproduce his paintings, and we made it in a wonderful place with peacocks and giant trees.
Samuele, 12 years old, wrote the lyrics of a song about his favourite menu including a few gastronomic specialities such as Parmesan cheese, salami, ham, pasta, pizza and ice-cream.
Samuele who has a talent for singing was very keen on writing the lyrics that express his personal feelings and emotions about food.
As a preparatory work the students were encouraged to analyze the most important paintings by Arcimboldo, a XVI century Italian painter known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of items such as fruits, fish, meat and vegetables. Afterwards the pupils created their own works of art depicting heads made of local food and using different techiniques: collage, painting, etc.
With the help of an expert, the children experienced food with the five senses, creating freely their own “meal”.