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Menu Design on Computer and Practical Use of Menus Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #: AELP-COM0002

Submitted by: Glynis Watkins
School or Affiliation: Madison School District Date: March 16, 1998
Grade Level(s): 8


  • Arts/Computers in art
  • Health/Nutrition

Major Objectives: Students will be able to

1. Select the right menu for the right occasion
2. Design and print a suitable menu design for the occasion
3. Identify the appropriate recipes and adapt for school cookery usage
4. Translate the menu design and follow the recipe to create the required meal


  • Multiple computers, printer
  • Software – word processing, graphics
  • Colored paper
  • Recipe books
  • Equipped Home Economics center
  • Ingredients

Time required: One Week


  • Discuss planning meals generally providing the student with an overview of acceptable practices
  • Provide students with attached menus
  • Create a written menu to include
  • Appropriate color paper
  • Correct menu format
  • Appropriate outside cover for theme
  • Decorate according to theme
  • Appropriate size print, font style for theme
  • Correct spelling
  • Using internet and recipe book to find appropriate recipes for menu
  • Prepare menu in school kitchen and serve according to chosen theme including
  • Tablecloth
  • Decorations
  • Serving plates
  • Table settings
  • Garnishing

Menu 1
Orange Juice
Bacon, Scrambled Eggs
Pancakes/Cinnamon Toast
Menu 2
Cream of Tomato Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Melon Wedges
Menu 3
Combination Salad
Meat Loaf
Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Menu 4
Mixed Green Salad
Baked Apples
Iced Tea
Menu 5
Chicken Stir Fry
Fried Rice
Lemon Cream Pie
Useful Internet Resources:

American Heart Association

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) —
Follow this directory path: NAL Information Centers Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Tufts University Nutrition Navigator