Write a Lesson


Young Chefs started out only using material created at Carleton College, but as we expand we are excited to receive lesson ideas and plans from other people interested in science and cooking. We invite you to send ideas our way, and we will help you turn those into complete lesson plans. If you are interested in developing a lesson, please follow the following steps:

1. Sketch out your idea. No pressure to have a complete lesson right away! The first thing we need is an outline of your lesson idea. What scientific and culinary concepts are you linking together? Why is your particular lesson idea a good way to address these concepts? How do you envision students following the lesson plan? Please also include a brief description of who you are and who you are designing the lesson for (age range or grade level). Submit your ideas using the form below. We will review your proposal and provide you with our ideas and feedback.

Submission Form

2. Write a first draft. Using the template below, turn your updated lesson idea into a full lesson draft. Make sure to connect the lesson’s scientific goals to next-generation science standards; the lessons should be relevant and useful for students as they progress through standardized science curriculum. The full list of Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is HERE. You also need to include appropriate symbols throughout the lesson to alert instructors to key points. See the document below for our symbol key and instructions.

Lesson Plan Template

Symbol Document

3. Submit your draft for review. Email your first draft to the Young Chefs curriculum coordinator, Laurel Goldner (laurel.goldner@gmail.com) for review. She will review the draft along with two Young Chef advisors. The draft will be returned with feedback on content and format.

4. Edit your draft. Edit the lesson according to feedback from the review team. Any questions on formatting, student engagement, or content, can be emailed to Laurel, and she will help as much as possible. Don’t forget to practice the lesson yourself, to make sure the culinary components are a feasible and appropriate match for the scientific lesson. Take pictures, and include these in the lesson when relevant.

5. Submit your final lesson plan. Email your final version to laurel.goldner@gmail.com and the lesson will be added to our website. Your lesson plan will now be available to our expanding network of over 300 educators worldwide!