Yummy Recipe ESL Game Master Pack
Love the fun of teaching with and making food in the classroom, but can’t handle the mess? If you are like me you've been through a few chaotic food classes in the ESL classroom. That's the problem we hope to solve with these activities! First off, a quick description of this ESL activity before we get into the directions. The yummy recipe ESL game is our solution for those who wanna give their kids a creative outlet with everybody's favorite topic - FOOD! In this ESL activity, the kids get to make up their own recipes for their food favorites by referring to example recipes and then choosing their own flashcard-like images to build their own presentation to show off. And if the students aren’t happy with the ingredients provided they can always create their own by making use of the blank template provided. We have included sets for burgers, bibimbap, tacos, pizza, soups, spaghetti, salad, and pies. Toward the end of this article, I’ll also include some quick tips, and expand a bit on why we have included the YLE Cambridge Vocabulary sets.
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Here is how to play the game!
Step # 1: Have the students add their own ingredients or the food vocabulary you are currently studying to the 'add your own' page. Print, cut out and laminate the ingredients (as well as the ingredients they have just made) into individual cards. Print them front to back, as they can double as flashcards (one side featuring the picture without the vocabulary word). Pre-teach these vocabulary ingredients to the students.
Step # 2: Present the 'example recipe' page to the students. Go over a recipe yourself that fits within the example recipe parameters, then have the students come up with ingredients that fit within the recipe parameters, e.g. 'carrots' for 'vegetable', 'bacon' for 'meat' (you may also split the students into groups at this stage).
Step # 3: Have the students write out their recipe ingredients on the 'your recipe' page. Students may also glue/tape their ingredient cards on this 'your recipe' and/or the 'present your recipe' page. Have them write out a short description of their recipe on the 'present your recipe' page. If the students are beginners you may want to provide them with a speaking template for presenting their recipe as well.
Our first yummy recipe ESL game set is for Burgers! For this set, I’ve included a set of different meat patties, a set of different kinds of buns, a set of different kinds of veggies, a set of different hamburger toppings, a set of different kinds of sauces/condiments, and last but not least, a set of different cheeses. I’ve also included a blank template so that the kids can make up and add their own ingredients. That’s over 50 hamburger ingredients that your kids can use as a game to learn to make endless hamburger recipe combinations with! That’s some serious replay value.
Our second yummy recipe ESL game set is for Bibimbap (비빔밥)! Hopefully, this one makes its way to some of those other teachers out there like me that have spent time teaching kids in South Korea. For this set, I’ve included a set of different kinds of veggies, a set of various ingredients, and a blank template so that the kids can make up and add their own ingredients.
Our third yummy recipe ESL game set is for tacos! Whenever I’m making ESL kids games I like to have some diversity. For this Mexican food set, I’ve included a set of meats, a set of various toppings, a set of various sauces, and a blank template so that the kids can make up and add their own ingredients.
Our fourth yummy recipe ESL game set is for pizza! I’ve always wanted to make an EFL card game just for pizza, but this will do for now! Join our Facebook group @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/halandsteveenglish/ if you have an idea for one - we regularly create games and then provide them for free for a few weeks for anyone who wants to submit their ideas! For this pizza food set, I’ve included a set of various meat toppings, a set of various veggie toppings, a set of various sauces, and a blank template so that the kids can make up and add their own ingredients.
Our fifth yummy recipe ESL game set is for soups! This one has a ton of ingredients for those who like to get really creative with their teaching games. For this soup food set, I’ve included a set of different soups bases or broths, a set of various meats, two sets of various vegetables, a set of seasonings, a set of various herbs, and a blank template so that the kids can make up and add their own ingredients. That’s over 50 ingredients your ESL students have to play around with!
Our sixth yummy recipe ESL game set is for spaghetti! This one has a bunch of ingredients which mostly follow the YLE Cambridge series for those teachers out there who need to follow a strict vocabulary curriculum. For this spaghetti food set, I’ve included a set of various noodles and pasta, a set of various ingredients, a set of various meats, a set of various cheeses, and a blank template so that the kids can make up and add their own ingredients.
Our seventh yummy recipe ESL game set is for salad! This one also has a bunch of ingredients which mostly follow the YLE Cambridge series for those teachers out there who need to follow a strict vocabulary curriculum. For this salad food set, I’ve included a set of various vegetables, a set of various fruits, a set of various meats, a set of various cheeses, and a blank template so that the kids can make up and add their own ingredients.
Our eighth and final yummy recipe ESL game set is for pie! This one also has a bunch of ingredients which mostly follow the YLE Cambridge series for those teachers out there who need to follow a strict vocabulary curriculum. For this pie food set, I’ve included a set of various ingredients, a set of various fruits, and a blank template so that the kids can makeup and add their own ingredients.
Quick Tip # 1: The best thing about this game is it is a chance for the students to completely break the rules but maxing out their English expression as they are bieng creative. If they want to make chocolate sauce sardine pizza don't discourage them! This is the perfect chance to let them cut loose a little a bit and to learn by making their own 'wrong' answers rather than the 'right' answers. Really encourage them to do their own thing during this activity!
Quick Tip # 2: This is a great activity for groups. Whereas a single student might be a bit uncomfortable with the freedom allowed in this activity, a group setting will allow the students to get excited about working together to build something and make them less concerned about presenting their project all by themselves.
Quick Tip # 3 Whenever I'm making EFL games/ESL games I often use laminate. In the beginning, I didn't have a laminating machine - but you don't need one! They also have sticker laminate pages that you can buy and do by hand at your local stationery store. These always served me well, and will serve you well if you are in that infamous limited classroom resource bind!
Lastly, let me talk about why we provided some YLE Cambridge game sets. This curriculum and placement test system abide by CEFR which is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is a system that was established worldwide way back in 2001, and was based on decades of educational research in order to create an international English language test for children which was precise and fair, and would assure kids a future with English anywhere in the world. This system contrasts with test systems which are common in Asia, and have less pertinence in the world of English outside of the country they were designed in, and so guarantee their students a lesser degree of success worldwide.
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