Cooking Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students the basic terms used when cooking as well as techniques used by both everyday and master chefs. Students then apply learning in a fun way.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list and define key terms related to cooking
  • provide and explain examples of cooking techniques


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Basic Cooking Terms & Techniques, one for each student
  • Ingredients than can have many uses, such as fruit and simple appetizer-like food (crackers, cheese, hot dogs)
  • Supplies for students to use to chop, dice, etc. Provide as many tools from the lesson's content as possible.
  • Bowls, plates, etc.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


  • Engage students with the topic by asking them to share a favorite recipe or cooking experience with their table partners. Share and discuss as a class.
  • Inform students that today they'll be learning basic terms for tools and techniques used during cooking.
  • Have students label notebooks 'Basic Cooking Terms and Techniques' and create two sections: one for 'Terms' and one for 'Techniques.'
  • Now distribute the lesson Basic Cooking Terms & Techniques.
  • Ask students to read the first section 'Basic Cooking Overview' and discuss:
    • Why are most cooking skills and terms similar?
    • What is the basic act of cooking?
  • Now have them read the section 'Cooking Techniques' and take notes in the appropriate place in notebooks. When students finish reading and recording, have them share and discuss:
    • Which of these techniques have you used before?
    • Which have you never heard of?
    • Do any of these techniques sound fun? Intimidating? Why?
  • Next have students read the section 'Cooking Terms.' Have students take notes and share ideas, then show tools used for techniques and terms, such as paring knives, etc.
  • Have students read the Lesson Summary and complete note-taking.

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