Stirring and Whisking Non-traditonal Recipes

Last week 4th graders in Mr. Adenuga’s class talked about food and cooking traditional and non-traditional recipes. They shared that they knew how to make breakfast, spaghetti, fried chicken, burgers, baked beans, and grilled cheese sandwiches. When it was time to think of non-traditional recipes, I invited students to have fun coming up with recipes inspired by some of their own character traits and behaviors.  They came up with:

“Recipe for How to Be Creative”
“Recipe for How to be Brave” and
“Recipe for How to Be Smart” as well as:
“Recipe for How to be Rude”
“Recipe for How to Be Annoying”
“Recipe for How to Be Impatient”

After we came up with a list of recipe terms and cooking utensils, two students came forward to stir and whisk up some recipe poems!

Mr. Adenuga
4th Grade


Recipe for How to Be Good at Math
by Josiah T.

you will need 5 teaspoons of multiplication,
100 trucks full of smarts
50% of creativity, and
a pencil and paper

First, you need a good teacher,
next, add addition and subtraction
in a pressure cooker
with 5 teaspoons of multiplication
you have to keep trying and trying
until it gets crispy


Recipe for How to Have Breakfast With a Friend
by Nyiala S.

Perhaps if my box of pancake mix is empty
I can watch…5 cups of  YouTube videos
whisk in my brain and use
my creative rolling pin
to flatten my appetite

I want my best friend sitting by me
while cooking and singing

We will add bacon and sausages,
and orange juice
1/2 cup of rudeness
and burn it in an air fryer

serve cold on a plate
with my full heart





“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.