While I would love to take all my students around the world, this is simply not possible. However, I can bring the world to them! We are in our final 10 days of classes for the year, but this is an activity that draws them in and gives us something interesting to talk about as we are trying to wind down the year and continue to build on the work we’ve done this year.
It starts with a quick trip to your most diverse local grocery store for a few two liters of drinks. I try to mix & match flavors that students are unlikely to have tasted, as well as a combination of carbonated/non-carbonated, juice, aguas frescas, etc. Manzanita and Inca Kola are two of my favorites, especially because Inca Kola is so polarizing–they love it or they hate it. Either way, it’s easy to get them to talk about it, so we win! A fun fact: the only place in the US that has Inca Kola on tap/as a fountain drink is about 10 minutes from our school. Connecting cultures, one sip at a time!
I also get a BUNCH of little cups like these (but I got mine at Costco because my classes are HUGE).
Setup is easy, but goes quicker with a few helpers. I pour out just a quick taste of each kind of drink into about 20 cups each and lay them out with a label for the drink. Students get a copy of the handout (on TPT here) and are sent off to taste test and record their reactions/thoughts/fill out the chart. After we have finished that, they interview 5 classmates and complete part 4 of the process–summarizing the results of their survey.
All in all, this was a big hit! At a point where motivation is starting to lag, this was a fun activity that also helped to reinforce our goals. But don’t just take my word for it–see what participants said below.
BTW–Check for allergies before trying any of this!