This week in our 10 Weeks of Summer Reading series we have a FREE Unit Study about Julia Child. You will learn about Ms. Child’s life, discover how chemistry affects cooking, learn some French words and have a chance to cook some food!
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The Book about Julia Child
The Julia Child unit study is based upon Who Was Julia Child? This book shares about Julia’s early life working for the US government during World War II and how she became a famous chef, writer and TV personality.
- Edgers, Geoff (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 112 Pages - 10/06/2015 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)
The Julia Child FREE Printable Unit Study
The printable unit study includes the following:
Notebooking pages about Ms. Child’s life.
A timeline activity to chart her life and work.
Compare and contrast American and French foods.
A following direction activity that shares her world travels.
French vocabulary to learn the names of some foods in French. Includes matching cards to play Go Fish or Memory.
Four recipes that teach about how chemistry affects cooking.
Writing prompt: Finding Your Gift
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Watch Julia Child
There are many hour long videos from Julia Child’s DVD series on YouTube. However, if you just want to get a quick feel for what her TV show was like, here is a 10 min. clip of her cooking one of her favorite meals, French Onion Soup.
Here is a short video of her later in life with Jacques Pepin, who was mentioned in the book, on the Martha Stewart show.
Try Some New Foods
Julia Child and her husband loved trying new foods when they were in different countries. Maybe you can pick a new food you would like to try and find a restaurant that serves that type of food. Or you could make that food at home! There are some cookbooks below to get you started.
Chemistry and Cooking
Cooking is a great way to learn about chemistry. There are a few recipes for doing this in the printable unit study above. Or you can check out some videos! Here is a great video for older children (and adults!):
Here is a related video that younger children might find interesting:
Julia’s book that started it all…Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I.
If you liked the four chemistry recipes in this unit study, then you will love this Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition.
One of the best rated kids cookbooks on the market…The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs from America’s Test Kitchen. Perfect for ages 8-12:
An interesting book about chemistry and cooking…Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking. It is meant for adults, but information could then be adapted for children.
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Tips for Cooking with Children:
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