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Sample Lessons: SPICES TO MAKE A MOLE

Support materials:

Recipe for students to make mole at home.

Mini Docs:
1) Showing where all the spices come from.

2) Tutorial video showing how to make a mole.

  • Have students use their senses to explore the spices. Students could research where each ingredient comes from and plot the results on a map. What does the location of the spices tell you about the recipe? (NYC SS 3.1; 3.3; 3.4; 3.10; SS Practices C, E)
  • Show students the mole recipe and have them to calculate the amounts of each ingredient that would be needed to serve 5 people or 20 people. (Math3.OA.B6; 3.MD.A.2; 3.NF.A.1)
  • Grind cacao beans and canela (cinnamon) on the metate to get the idea of the many steps in making a mole negro. Have students share what it was like to prep the ingredients this way. What could be done to make this process easier?  (NYC SS 3.9; 3.10; SS Practices C, E)
  • What food is particular to the country/region the students live in? Students then explore local regional cookbooks to find recipes and research where the ingredients come from. Plot these on a map. How does this regional food compare to the moles? What do the students’ findings  suggest about the relationship of food to geography? (NYC SS 3.1; 3.3; 3.4; 3.10; SS Practices C, E)
  • This object could be used in conjunction with the basket, metate, and the pottery. Students could role play how the objects are used; and/or bring in similar objects from their cultures to compare/contrast.

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