Shared Culture

In Language Arts class, we’re studying poetry. One of our poems mentioned nasturtium flowers, so I was saying to the students that they are edible and tasted kind of spicy… a little like a radish. One of the students said: “What’s a radish?” I asked the class if they had ever tasted a radish. Only one student thought maybe he had a long time ago.

I LOVE when this happens – when my students aren’t familiar with something that I do know about. It could be food, it could be a historical reference, a joke, a song, an urban legend. I love talking about it all. I think “shared culture” is a big deal. The more we know in common, the more we’re connected.

I brought radishes in to class for the kids to taste. They didn’t like them. That’s ok… more for me!

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3 Responses to Shared Culture

  1. Debbie says:

    Isn’t it great to be able to share an unknown something with others! Radishes are pretty but i’m with the kid, yuck.

  2. Lauren says:

    That is amazing! I am used to little kids not having much experience with anything – but older children not knowing radishes? That stuns me! Good for you for broadening their horizons. People (children) need to taste something up to 15 times to get used to a new flavor.

  3. Carol says:

    Very cool – sharing food awareness (well, anything new really!) with your kiddos. I feel about arugula as they did about radishes, but I wouldn’t know I hated it unless I’d tried it, right? Good on them for trying. Now the ultimate food test – which kids who eat cilantro taste soap? (I do, for one.) You’ll be able to tell by their facial expressions, trust me. No extra charge for this lesson plan idea BTW.

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