FoodPrints Curriculum

Scaling Recipes


Applying Math in the Garden & Kitchen

Standards Alignment:

Common Core Math

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

5th Grade


Fall / November


The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand how and why cooks need to adjust or scale their recipes. Students will explore different reasons chefs adjust recipes and practice scaling recipes up or down for different situations. They will scale a few recipes for a ‘FoodPrints Cafe’ and work with different units of measurement to understand equivalencies.​

Big Idea

By scaling a recipe, we can adjust the quantities we prepare.

Guiding Questions

  • Why is scaling a recipe important for cooks? ​
  • Why is it important to understand the relationship between different units of measurement? ​

Instructional video geared for students to support teaching this lesson