Amy Lloyd
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Nearpod
Middle School, High School
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    Digital Photography Blueberry Muffin Lesson Plan

    Digital Photography Blueberry Muffin Lesson Plan


    This lesson will help teachers incorpate digital citizenship and photography skills into a lesson involving making muffins.  


    NCI Visuals Food Muffins, by National Institutes of Health CC Public Domain Mark 1.0 from Wikimedia Commons

    Students will prepare Blueberry Muffins and take pictures of the final product.

    In this lesson, students will be learning about the role of ingedients in quick breads.  They will demonstrate competency by making bluberry muffins and intentionally overmixing one muffin.  

    • Time frame: Two (45 minute class periods) OR one 90 minute class period.  
    • Format (Face to face, may also be adapted to teach virtually)
    • Author Amy Lloyd


    Background for Teachers


    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of basic cooking equipment, meauring ingredients, kitchen safety and santitation.  
    • You will need knowledge about Food and Nutriution Strand 3, Standard 3:
      • Apply food selection and preparation guidelines related to quick breads, grains and pasta.

        Quick breads include: muffins, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, cornbread, and fruit bread.
        • Quick breads do not use yeast for leavening.
        • Identify the function of each ingredient contained in breads.Flour: structure.
          • Liquid: moisture.
          • Leavening Agents: makes the bread rise. Examples of leavening agents for quick breads include: baking powder, baking soda, eggs and steam.
          • Fat: tenderness, richness and some flavor.
          • Salt: flavor.
          • Sugar: flavor and browning.


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to make muffins and demonstate profciency though photographs.  

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will make blueberry muffins using correct techniques, and show the contrast of an overmixed muffin.  


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of cooking equipment, measuring ingredients, reading a recipe, kitchen safety and santitation.  

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Teachers can adjust the lesson to meet the needs of diverse learners by.

    -Assinging students to groups based on their needs

    -Assigning students a peer tutor

    -Model and demonstrate correct techniques

    -Encourage students to ask questions

    -Allow students to use resources other than Adobe Spark to show proficiency

    -Allow students to watch tutorial clips as needed


    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    Instroduce the lesson by asking students  what a quick bread is.  Give students an opprtuity to suggest answer.  Students may not know what a quick bread is; provide examples such as wafflnes, muffins, biscuits, pancakes.  their favorite quick bread. 

    Have students complete the Breads Nearpod.  You may prefer to do this student paced or or live paced, depending on what works best with your students.  The Breads Nearpod has an embedded video of appropriate method making technique.  However, you will need to explain the idea of taking one muffin and intentionally overmixing this to compare a properly mixed muffin to an overmixed muffin.  

    Explain to students that at the end of the Blueberry Muffin Lab, they will be creating a visual image to compare their muffin mixing techniques.  Remind them they will take one muffin and overmix (suggest students use a hand mixer on the highest speed).  This will help make the example of an overmixed muffin more obviouis to see.  Remind students to overmix the one muffin prior to adding the blueberries.  

    Have students take the 6 question Quick Bread Quiz located on Canvas.  You may want to allow students to retake to help them undesrtand what they got wrong.  

    If you are completing this in two days, you will start the lab on the second day.  

    Students will complete the blueberry muffin lab.  Be sure to remind students how improtant it is to measure their ingredients correctly.  Remind students to take one muffin and intentionally overmix the muffin (use a hand mixer for this, if not avaiable, tell students to mix as vigourously as they can for a couple of minutes).  

    When their muffins come out of the oven, tell students to take their best looking muffin and take pictures comparing to their overmixed muffun.  Students will then take these pictures and create and Abode Spark post comparing their two muffins.  On their post, they need to include the characteristics of each muffin (see example attached at the bottom of this section).  Have each student share their picture in a Canvas discussion.  Have students like 3 posts, and comment on 3 other posts.  Remind students to use appropriate digittal citizenship (proper ettiquette, professional, and polite).  Also, as needed, you may have students work in pairs to complete their post.  On a following day, highlight a post which was well done and review the appropriate miuffin mixing techniques.  



    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    Pre-assessment- Ask students to expain what a quickbread is and identify their favorite.  

    Formative assessment: DVD Wroskheet, Breads Nearpod, Muffin Lab, Quickbread Canvas Quiz

    Student self-monitoring- as students are making their muffins, visit each group and answer questions.  You can also ask them infomral questions to check for understanding. 

    Summative assessment: Students will create a Spark Image of an overmized and correctly mixed muffin, and eplain the recognizeable characterists.