Building Teamwork: Food Truck Design Project

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Hospitality and Tourism

    Course : Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (2) The student uses verbal and nonverbal communication to provide a positive experience for guests and employees. The student is expected to:
      • (A) develop and analyze formal and informal presentations
    • (3) The student demonstrates an understanding that personal success depends on personal effort. The student is expected to:
      • (A) demonstrate a proactive understanding of self-responsibility and self-management
      • (B) explain the characteristics of personal values and principles
      • (C) display positive attitudes and good work habits
      • (D) develop strategies for achieving accuracy and organizational skills
    • (4) The student develops principles in time management, decision making and prioritizing. The student is expected to:
      • (A) apply effective practices for managing time and energy
      • (C) analyze the various steps in the decision making process
      • (D) work independently
    • (6) The student uses technology to gather information. The student is expected to:
      • (A) demonstrate and operate computer applications to perform workplace tasks
      • (C) evaluate information sources for the hospitality and tourism industry
    • (7) The student demonstrates leadership, citizenship and teamwork skills required for success. The student is expected to:
      • (A) develop team-building skills
      • (B) develop decision-making and problem-solving skills
      • (C) conduct and participate in meetings to accomplish tasks
      • (D) determine leadership and teamwork qualities in creating a pleasant working atmosphere
    • (8) The student explains how employees, guests and property are protected to minimize losses or liabilities in the hospitality and tourism industry. The student is expected to:
      • (D) determine how environmental issues such as recycling and saving energy affect the hospitality and tourism industry
    • (10) The student demonstrates research skills applicable to the hospitality and tourism industry. The student is expected to:
      • (A) develop technical vocabulary to enhance customer service
      • (C) examine elements of a dining experience expected to satisfy guests at varied facilities such as a boardwalk vendor, cruise ship, chain restaurant and five-star dining facility
    • (11) The student understands the importance of customer service. The student is expected to:
      • (D) examine different types of food service
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • expand and practice team-building skills
    • apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
    • perform and contribute skills in team meetings to accomplish tasks
    • establish leadership and teamwork qualities in creating a pleasant working atmosphere
    • design and create a food truck model using recycled products
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Students will be provided with opportunities to explore and practice team building skills during the planning, development and presentation of a Food Truck Project using recycled items. Students will be able to make decisions regarding the name, type of food and a marketing slogan to encourage customers to visit their venue.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Six 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Business Plan: A written document that describes the business and how it will operate

    Chuck wagon: A wagon with cooking facilities providing food on a ranch, worksite or campsite

    Customer service: Total customer experience with a business

    Festivals: A time of celebration marked by special observances

    Food truck: A mobile venue that sells food

    Mobile vendors: Retailers who sell their goods from motorized vehicles instead of a storefront location, especially those offering packaged and freshly made food items

    Recycling: Processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials

    Teamwork: Is a cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for multimedia presentations
    • computers with Internet access

    Supplies;

    • construction paper (various colors)
    • glue
    • glue sticks
    • hot glue gun
    • markers
    • paper towel tubes (empty)
    • popsicle sticks
    • scissors
    • stickers
    • straws
    • tape
    • toilet paper tubes (empty)
    • water bottles (empty)

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)

  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Display on a table as many supplies as you have available (see Material or Specialized Equipment Needed tab).

    Ask students the following questions:

    • Have you eaten food from a food truck?
    • What kind of food truck did you eat at?
    • Where was it located?
    • Did you enjoy the food served?
    • Did you have a place to sit?
    • How was the quality of the food?
    • Were the prices reasonable?

    Allow them to share their experiences.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute the graphic organizer Food Truck Timeline (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will be able to answer the timeline as you review the slide presentation.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ Building Teamwork: Food Truck Design Project (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and lead a discussion about food trucks.

    View the short videos included in the slide presentation from the History Channel (in order):

    1. Modern Marvels
      History of Food Trucks
      Food trucks have been serving up quick, cheap food since the days of cattle drives in the American West.
      http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels/videos/history-of-food-trucks
    2. Modern Marvels
      Food Truck Tech
      Designing the average food truck kitchen requires specialized engineering.
      http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels/videos/food-truck-tech
    3. Food Trucks are Ready to Roll
      Season 3
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/food-trucks-are-ready-to-roll/103101.html

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • copy of slide presentation for notes
    • highlighted material for emphasis

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Divide class into subgroups of three students.

    Distribute handout Food Truck Design Project (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and explain the steps to create a mock-up food truck.

    Distribute graphic organizer Food Truck Design Plan (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and discuss with your students that all new businesses begin with a business plan. We will focus on a simple plan for this project.

    Scenario: Your team has been selected to create a new food truck venue in the city of your choice. The winning team will receive an award (certificate) for the best design.

    Your team must decide on the name, the type of food they will serve and create a clever slogan to draw people to your venue.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • repeated instructions
    • work with a peer tutor

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Instruct students to gather information needed to work together as a team to create a food truck and present it to the class.

    Students may search the Internet for design ideas.

    Distribute Food Truck Design Project Rubric (see All Lessons Attachment tab) so that students will understand what is expected.

    Assist students as they investigate food trucks for their project. They should decorate their food truck using construction paper, markers, stickers and more.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • frequent feedback
    • give much encouragement and praise
    • shortened assignment

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Designate a scribe to write answers to discussion questions on the board.

    Student should draw a large T and write advantages on one side and disadvantages on the other. The scribe can write students’ answers to the following questions:

    • What are some advantages to food trucks?
    • What are some disadvantage to food trucks?
    • Would you own one?

    Discuss answers with your students as they learn more about this trend.

    View the infographic for more information:

    • Food Trucks
      Oh food trucks, since when did you start popping up on every corner of every town across America? I know you’re delicious, I know you’re convenient, but sometimes I like my air conditioning.
      http://dailyinfographic.com/food-trucks-infographic

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Food Truck Design Project will be assessed with a rubric.

    The team with the highest scores and best design project will receive a Certificate of Excellence (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students may add this to their portfolio.

    Note to teacher: Display the projects in the library where other students may see the food truck models. Take photos to post on your website or on a bulletin board outside your classroom.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • assistance with presentation
    • give encouragement and praise

  • References/Resources

    Textbook:

    • Reynolds, J.S. (2010). _Hospitality services: food & lodging._ Tinley Park IL: The Goodheart-Willcox Company.

    Videos:

    Websites:

  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • word wall
    • allow extra processing time
    • provide graphic organizer to facilitate understanding
    • allow drawings
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Allow students to read the following blogs about the popularity of food trucks.

    Reading Strategy
    Encourage students to “visualize” as they read. Many students are visual learners and will benefit from making sketches or diagrams on scrap paper as they read. Providing students with graphic organizers to help them organize their thoughts is also helpful.

  • Quotes

    Fifty thousand dollars’ worth of cabinets isn’t going to make you a better cook; cooking is going to make you a better cook. At the end of the day, you can slice a mushroom in about three inches of space, and you can carve a chicken in a foot and a half. So it doesn’t matter how big the kitchen is.
    -Tyler Florence

    Nobody cooks anymore. To me, to watch your parents cook, and to have a house that smells warm and delicious, is a very vital memory that I think kids don’t really have anymore.
    -Tyler Florence

    Kids want to sauté, to cut the pizza, to see how the ingredients come together. If you let them do the fun stuff, they’ll develop skills and interests that will stay with them forever.
    -Guy Fieri

    From food trucks to hot dog stands to county fair favorites, ‘street food’ has enjoyed a rich and storied history in American cuisine. However, street food has been around for thousands of years. In fact, street food is believed to have originated as far back as Ancient Rome.
    -Homaro Cantu

    I wish that food trucks could exist here in Chicago like they do in Brooklyn and in New York, where you’re actually cooking off the truck.
    -Grant Achatz

    Food trucks give creative entrepreneurs the ability to cook with freedom and make what they love, meaning that they can create highly specialized meals without having the high overhead costs of running a restaurant.
    -Homaro Cantu

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™:

    • Building Teamwork: Food Truck Design Project
    • Presentation Notes – Building Teamwork: Food Truck Design Project

    Technology:

    • Infographic:
      • Food Trucks
        Oh food trucks, since when did you start popping up on every corner of every town across America? I know you’re delicious, I know you’re convenient, but sometimes I like my air conditioning.
        http://dailyinfographic.com/food-trucks-infographic

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Food Truck Design Plan
    • Food Truck Timeline
    • Food Truck Timeline (Key)

    Handouts:

    • Certificate of Excellence
    • Food Truck Design Project Rubric
    • Food Truck Design Project

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • My favorite food truck is …………………
    • I think food trucks are a great business because ………….
    • I don’t think food trucks are good businesses because ………
    • I would like to run a food truck that serves ……..
    • The advantages of owning a food truck are ……
    • The disadvantages of owning a food truck are …..

    Writing Strategy:

    RAFT writing strategy

    • Role: entrepreneur
    • Audience: bank loan officer
    • Format: letter
    • Topic: loan for a food truck business

    Write a letter to a bank loan officer requesting a loan to purchase a new food truck business. Letter should state a summary of a business plan.

  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • I have visited food trucks in ______________ and my experience was ……………….
    • Three things I could tell you about food trucks are ……
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Option: If kitchen labs are available, allow students to make one of the menu items they propose for their food truck.

    Infographics:

    Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

    The infographics below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the image on a projector and lead a discussion concerning the information provided.

    • Food Trucks
      Oh food trucks, since when did you start popping up on every corner of every town across America? I know you’re delicious, I know you’re convenient, but sometimes I like my air conditioning.
      http://dailyinfographic.com/food-trucks-infographic

    TED Talks:

    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

    The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

  • Family/Community Connection

    If there are food trucks in your area, invite one of the owners to come and speak to your class about their venue, the pros and cons of owning a food truck and the work it takes to run one.

  • CTSO connection

    Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    http://texasfccla.org/

    • Entrepreneurship
      An individual or team event – recognizes participants who develop a plan for a small business using Family and Consumer Sciences skills and sound business practices. The business must relate to an area of Family and Consumer Sciences education or related occupations.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For additional information on service learning see:
    http://www.ysa.org/

    Possible ideas:

    Develop a project with your school to educate students about recycling. Create a slide presentation about the benefits and encourage everyone to do their share.