So for part 1/6 of this multicultural literature series I will be presenting How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman.
Reading Level: DRA Level 20-24
Lexile Level 450L
Teachers: Here are some resources for you...
- Kid's Web: Explore Japan: On this site, students can explore folklore, virtual culture, nature, food and more about Japan. This is a great resource if you use How My Parents Learned to Eat as a kick off for your students to compare and contrast the United States and Japan.
- Explore & More: This site offers an interactive map where students can click on Japan (and other countries) and explore different aspects of the chosen country. There is also a teacher section with various other activities.
- Global Diversity through Literacy: This site offers a kid-friendly connection between How My Parents Learned to Eat and facts about Japan. The site also has lesson plans included.
Key Words: chopsticks, fork, knives, restaurant, taught
- Have students start a KWL telling what they know about Japan or what they know about specifically food/eating in Japan and what they'd like to know about food/eating in Japan.
- Have students predict why they think the narrator's parents had to "learn to eat."
- When the narrator's mom learns how to eat with a fork, have students discuss how she is learning to use a fork differently than they typically use a fork.
- After the narrator's mom and dad "learn to eat" ask students to predict how the story will end.
- Ask students: why do you think the narrator's mom and dad are embarrassed to eat in front of each other?
- Complete the L of their KWL
- Compare and contrast how the narrator's parents eat using a Venn Diagram.
- Learn how to use chopsticks!
- There are many Social Studies connections you could make, learning about different cultures and their eating habits.