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Recipe Card

For Recipe Card, students consider what the "ingredients" of an assignment are and the steps to complete it OR the ingredients of the content and the steps leading up to the event or the creation/discovery of the content.

If the assignment is process-related, students list the individual skills necessary to complete the steps of the process as ingredients.  Then they describe the steps to complete the process.  Finally, they list related skills in the "serve with" portion of the recipe card.

If the assignment isn't about a process but instead about content, students list the "ingredients" of that content--important terms, events, people, skills, etc involved with that content.  Then for the steps, they list the "steps" leading up to that content--what "preheated the oven," led to the content, etc.  For the "serve with" section, students list related content, terms, topics, etc.

To use Recipe Card as a Homework Buster, have students complete a recipe card in class the following day.  Collect and consider the recipe cards to get a better understanding what your students know, how they're understanding the topic within its larger context, etc.  Pair Recipe Card with Post the Answers or Partner Check to quickly "grade" the assignment before students start their Recipe Card.  You can collect both the assignment and the recipe card if you feel you need to, but the Recipe Card alone will give you ample evidence of understanding.

Recipe card can even be used as book reports or to summarize text!


A blank version of the Recipe Card is available here.  Download it to your own device and edit as you see fit.  You may want more space for more involved answers, less (especially if using as a Lecture Buster), or fancier graphics.  Make Recipe Card your own!


-When first introducing Recipe Card, share exemplars, such as these here, so students understand what to do.



-This activity can also be used as a Lecture Buster!  Pause your lecture and have pairs of students create a recipe card to explain what you've just taught.  See more here.

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