My 6th grade students have been working on writing an argumentative paper. They are all working on the same topic – should bugs be a part of our diets? This is a district assessment, therefore they all need to be using the same prompt.
Although they could not choose the topic of their writing, they have become quite interested in the idea of eating bugs. Not that they all think we should be adding insects to what we eat. Many of them think it is a disgusting idea. Grossed out or not, when one student proposed we all taste bugs, most of the students were all for trying. AND they suggested they donate ingredients or money to help cover the cost of the flour (at 15.00/lb.).
So the inquiry process has begun. Research has been completed on foods that are commercially manufactured and can be purchased. It was discovered that what is available is quite expensive when trying to have samples for 56 students. Research continued and recipes for chocolate chip cookies and brownies are available that require cricket flour. You CAN find anything on the internet! Of course, they knew that!
It has been decided that we will make brownies. (With Ghirardelli chocolate no less!) Permission slips will go home tomorrow with a warning that children allergic to shellfish should not partake.(Insects share the same exoskeleton as shellfish which contains a protein called tropomyosin.)We will have regular brownies for them or the feint of heart.
I am actually excited and will be sampling the brownies right along with my students. Their unexpected enthusiasm is quite contagious. You never know when your students will grab an idea and run with it. When it happens, better be willing to hang on enjoy the ride!