Camden Hills Regional High School

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Exploring Foods
Mrs. Fisher
Room 231 - Period 1 and 2

   No matter where we are from, how we cook, or what we enjoy, food is our common need.

 1 Semester=1/2 credit   Exploring Foods   no prerequisite   Grades 9-12

Class includes community building, reading/written tasks, critical thinking, & self-assessment.

*Learn about Foods with Hands-on Experiences

*Develop basic skills in food preparation/techniques, budgeting, & nutrition.


Sample of Topics for Discussion

The Way We Eat

What Food means …as fuel, as medicine, and as social connection

Building a Better Brain

Local and Global Cultures


Food, Agriculture and Food Science Careers


Organic, additives, processing

Food Choices in a Hungry World

Local Food Resources


Introduction: The Way We Manage our Resources as Consumers

Management of Class, Workspace, Tools, Time, Money, Food, and Energy 

Resources for Class and Independent Work*

Cooking Lab Process


Units of Study

A. The Skinny on Fats

Types, functions and sources of fats

Dietary controls of fat

Baking Considerations

Labs: pastries, frying methods and low-fat cooking


B Colorful Vegetables

Role of vegetables in diet

Buying and storing vegetables

Preparation and cooking of vegetables

Labs: vegetable casserole, soup with vegetables, power salad


C. Grains Galore

Awareness of a variety of grains

Nutritional value

Cooking methods and bread making techniques

Labs: granola bars, yeast bread and healthy grain casserole


D. Proteins:Poultry, Meats & Vegetarian Sources

Nutritional value, trace elements and role in body

Buying and storage of protein foods

Food safety

Labs: chosen protein foods: beef, chicken, fish, tofu and nuts


E. Putting It All Together

Meal Planning and Healthy Eating

Celebrating with Foods

Next steps

*Sample of Classroom Resources: Largen & Bence, Guide to Good Food; Kowtaluk & Kopan, Food for Today

Others: Websites, cookbooks, food publications, families, and local community food resources like chefs!










Exploring Foods’ Expectations/Responsibilities

General Respect and Organization:

Arrive on time.

Secure class materials.

Make ready any electronic device for class use.

Maintain a cooking folder and a budget. Control food costs right along with me.


During class:

Keep Ipads closed during instructions/discussions.   

Silence electronic devices like cell phones at start of class. 

Use of phones and IPODSdetermined by situation and teacher.

Raise hand to add to contribute to discussions/ to ask relevant questions.

Your questions, cooperation and efforts do matter.

Contribute to learning during any group work: For example, do your part when planning, cooking and cleaning up as part of a team.


End of Class Expectations:

 Stay in classroom until work turned in or arrangements made for assignments.

 Check in about remaining lab cleanup.

 Lab grade includes lab station responsibilities being completed.

When you demonstrate the above responsibilities, I can focus on enriching your food knowledge/experiences, and providing you some special learning experiences!

Process when absent for a class: Expected to arrive to class with slip from main office. Secure missed handouts/instructions from class file.

Contact Mrs. Fisher about make-up labsNote: One absence for a lab may be excused.

When you demonstrate the above responsibilities, I can focus on enriching your food knowledge/experiences, and providing you some special learning experiences!


Mrs. Fisher‘s Contact Info:236-7800 ext. 231     

Available to meet with students Period W1, or at another predetermined time.              

Grading Policy:

Grading Values:

Lab Planning/Lab/Learning Log: 1 grade for each part

Other in-Class Activities/quizes: 1 grade

Individual Budget: One grade per quarter 

Unit Tests: 2 grades

Special Projects: 2-3 grades (depends upon length of challenge)

Three part Semester Exam: 10% of semester grade




All assignments or class activities to be individually graded are listed in Powerschool.

      FYI: Example of an "out of class" assignment...  Talk to the Chef or Cook