More Study Guides to Cook Up A Story
Chapter 4 of the print version of Cook Up A Story is all about fiber… a sometimes distasteful subject. The story, Prune Puff, doesn’t disappoint. It’s all about how ridiculously wrong things can go in the kitchen, when Clark tries to come up with a good science project. But you can do better than Clark. Follow Vinny’s simple recipe and concoct a delicious light luscious delectable cake… full of healthy fiber. Then, test your food science know-how. Take a quiz on fiber and do an experiment on the ingredient that puffs cakes up – baking powder. The story underlines how important it is to label foods carefully. That’s why all processed foods we buy have to be labeled. Vinny shows us how to understand the information on food labels. Everybody can take a minute to refresh their know-how in this area – so important!
Here are a few questions to help kids find some truths in Vinny’s story. The chapter’s theme is revolves around improving our fiber intake, particularly by reading the labels of our grocery-store purchases. Let’s get cooking!
Prune Puff: Understanding the story
Why does Clark think he’s in trouble when his teacher drops in on him at home?
1. He had left a rotten onion in his teacher’s desk drawer
2. He hadn’t handed in a science fair proposal on time
3. He ate his teacher’s lunch when she wasn’t looking
What inspires Clark to do his food chemistry project on fiber?
1. A recipe for a fluffy prune cake he sees in the paper
2. His bowl of bran buds
3. His sense of the ridiculous
What is Clark’s secret ingredient?
2. Mustard gas
How does his cake turn out?
1. It puffs up
2. It tastes great
3. It sends people running to the loo
—All of these
What did Clark learn from his experiment?
1. Use labels on storage containers
2. Clean up the kitchen as you go
3. Smile at your mistakes, learn and move on
—All of these and more
- Make Clark’s low-fat, low-sugar chocolatey prune puff and serve it with a dab of whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup or stevia. Read:
- Clark’s Prune Puff
- Good food sets the mood
- What’s folding and when do we use it in baking? Read:
- Folding is pretty much like it sounds
- Healthy foods featured in Clark’s recipe:
- oat bran
- maple syrup
- low-fat, low-sugar yogurt (Greek yogurt is especially high in protein)
- whole-grain flour
- Clark does a food chemistry experiment on fiber. How much fiber do we need every day, why so much, and where do we find it? Read:
- Quiz and the answers – Fiber is your friend
- eaTracker – Log on to a tool that helps you track your nutrients. For details, check out
- Read more…
- Get a start on food science. Study:
- Reading nutrition labels
- Discuss why it’s important to be tidy in the kitchen. Read:
- To be a baker, you need a hat
- Keep the kitchen spiffy
- Vinny sings The Prune Song while he does the dishes. Don’t know the tune? Sing along here.
- How do cakes puff up? Read:
- Science experiment for Mrs. Magnus
- Learn about the science behind cooking. For details, check out:
- Read more…
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Happy reading and bon appétit .