For the Olympic athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro August 5-21, nutrition is a science, and diet is a central focus. But did you know that food was just as important to the first Olympians of Ancient Greece?
On Friday, we’ll take a look at some fascinating culinary statistics from past Olympics—like, did you know that figs were once a staple of a the Greek Olympian’s diet!?—but today, we’re using food as a recipe for student writing success.
Consider these student writing prompts:
1. Describe the most memorable meal you’ve ever had—good or bad. What made it memorable? What was on the menu? Include details such as where the meal was served, who was at the table, etc. Using sensory detail—sight, smell, taste, etc.—can really boost the detail of this descriptive paragraph.
2. Imagine you have been roped into cooking a meal for 100 Olympic athletes. As a class, plan the menu, brainstorming the kinds of foods that would be important to the athletes, taking into consideration nutrition and health. Now, describe your day from going to the Supermarket and shopping for ingredients through to the somewhat daunting clean-up. This would make a great comedic short story! (For lower grades, plan a meal for a family or an Olympic team of about 10.)
3. You are an athlete competing at Rio2016. What sport or event are you competing in? It’s the day before your competition. Design your perfect meal. How would it be different after your event? Imagine you won the GOLD—what would you want for your celebration meal?
4. Research an Olympic nation. Find out the country’s national food and share a recipe. Make an Olympic class recipe book that can be shared with parents. Be sure to include an introduction on the country you chose.
As an additional resource, review this article with students, featuring 27 foods that individual athletes and countries from the 2012 Summer Olympics preferred.
And in this fun video,athletes share what they like to eat before they compete.
Happy writing! See you Friday when we share some interesting and fun facts about foods from around the world!
~ The Teachers Media Team