Child putting cheese on quesodillas
Child cooking quesodillas
Child eating quesodillas

Why cooking?  Children gain knowledge in multiple content domains:

  • Language development and literacy
  • Mathematical thinking
  • Multiple areas of science
  • Social studies

When making quesadillas, children learn the length of cooking time changes the color of the tortilla, the cheese looks different before heating compared to after heating, and the kind of ingredients used for the filling affects the consistency after cooking.

Select one of the versions to start cooking:

  • booklet:  one instruction per page.
  • 3-4 year olds:  The recipe directions are written in a rebus style (using high frequency words and pictures that stand for words).  Measurements are listed in terms of “big” and “small”. Pictures show not only what size spoon, but how many of each size.
  • grades K-2:  The recipe directions are written in simple text. Measurements are listed in cooking terms such as “Tablespoon” and “½ teaspoon”. Pictures show how many of each.
  • grades 2-3:  The recipe directions have minimal illustrations.