I created these food themed books for my students because when doing different cooking activities I realized they didn’t know some of the names for common cooking tools or the vocabulary to describe different types of food. What started out as one book about food turned into 3 different I Spy books each focusing on a different food related the theme. The series includes “I Spy Meals”, “I Spy Snacks”, and “I Spy Kitchen Tools”.
I Spy Meals – This books is just how it sounds. The student has to select the correct food item based on the meal which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert. I just started using this book with some of my older students and I found I had to go over breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack definitions. We even made a list on the board of different food items which belonged in each category before we read the book.
I Spy Snacks – This book focuses on identifying food items according to different attributes. I tried to include lots of different food descriptive concepts such as salty, sweet, healthy, and crunchy. I realized not all my students knew these concepts. Now when we do cooking we can use some of these descriptive terms to describe or write about what we made.
After you read the book you can bring in a few different food items and use the descriptive concepts after you taste them. Sometime a food item can have more than one descriptive concept. I had my students eat pretzels and we found they were “crunchy” and “salty”. Bananas were “healthy” and “soft”.
I Spy Kitchen Tools – For this book the student has to select the correct kitchen tool which matches the given description. Again, some of these kitchen appliances or gadgets are new vocabulary concepts for my students. I thought it would be really interesting to bring in several different kitchen gadgets so the students can also get some hands on experience with them. These are such important functional life skills to work on with our students.