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What's on your plate?

Students in Mrs. Ginger's classroom pose with Mr. Ginger after his wonderful presentation.

The fourth graders at Union Elementary have been studying food and nutrition and recently celebrated the end of the unit with a special presentation. Terry Ginger, husband of fourth grade teacher Cindy Ginger, talked to students about making healthy food choices while making animals and other objects from fruits and vegetables. The students watched in awe as Mr. Ginger used his knife skills to make a shark, a whale, a sheep, a bird and many other things as he spoke to them about processed and unprocessed foods.

Mr. Ginger has had a strong interest in the culinary arts for many years as a hobby but also has worked as a sous chef at the Stone Table Café in Monroe. After the talk about healthy food choices Mr. Ginger, who is originally from England, spent some time talking about foods that are unique to England. He showed the students a Cornish pasty and explained how tin miners in Cornwall used to take these little pies to the mines wrapped in newspaper. As he explained, their wives made a circle of pastry and stuffed half of it with meat filling and the other half with fruit filling and sealed it down the middle so that the miner would have a complete meal in an easily transportable package.

During a question and answer session at the end of the presentation the students asked questions about the fruits and vegetables that were used in the presentation as well as questions such as “Why are English refrigerators so much smaller than American ones?” and “ What foods do we have that are not eaten in England?”

At the end of the presentation, the students received a special treat! Mr. Ginger brought samples of English cookies and snacks, giving them a hands-on experience with a different culture. And it tasted good, too!


Written by: Cindy Ginger, 4th Grade Teacher
Posted: Oct 20, 2011 by Jennifer Williams

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