Health Classes Apply Nutrition, Create Restaurants

Ridge Health Classes Apply Nutrition to Create Restaurants
Posted on 05/15/2018
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photo of Ridge students with restaurant dishesStudents in Matt Abshear’s health classes at Ridge Junior School had the opportunity to put what they’ve learned into action. The eighth-graders became restauranteurs as they demonstrated their knowledge about nutrition.

“I wanted to do something that would take the kids out of just the information part of nutrition and allow them to practice and experience nutrition,” Abshear said. After collaborating with co-workers, Abshear came up with the idea of having each class collaborate to build a restaurant. The students utilized their communication, teamwork and social skills to complete this project based learning exercise.

Each class worked together to create a theme for their restaurant, ranging from southern to a sports grill to Italian. Committees were formed to work on different aspects of the project such as developing the menu, room decor and entertainment. Elizabeth Bacu enjoyed being on her class’s decorating committee. “A lot of recipes (the menu committee chose) have vegetables in them so we decided to use them on our sign,” she noted.

The students brought in items to create their restaurants, including food. Lucky staff members became patrons as they stopped by the media center to enjoy lunch.

Abshear is extremely proud of the hard work his students put into the project. “They have exceeded all my expectations and I have learned more from them in the project than they have learned from me. It has been incredible watching them own this thing and just run with it all.”