A Glo-Bowl Affair

Sharing another Struggle Meal lesson that I presented at the Missouri FACS conference last summer! This lesson titled, A Glo-Bowl Affair, is a fun, engaging lesson that was inspired by both Frankie Celenza’s Struggle Meal Grain Bowl episode and by activities suggested in the EduProtocol Field Guide (amazon affiliate). I hope your students find this lesson and all of its activities as enjoyable as mine did!



  • iPad or Laptop
  • Projector & Screen
  • Colored Pencils & Markers
  • Play-doh
  • Lab Supplies
  • EduProtocol Field Guide (amazon affiliate)


  • As students walk into my room, I have the Amazing Race theme song playing on my screen. Students immediately wonder “what’s up?”
  • Students are divided into small groups…I used their cooking groups to keep it easy. They are then presented with the Amazing Race Google Race Challenge which can be found below.
  • In the challenge, teams must work together to complete the challenges such as choose a team leader, select a global theme (or assign them such as Asian theme if you want all the groups to use the same), create a team name and take a team photo, sequence the grain bowl (apply their notes), design a GLO-Bowl using the play-doh, write/record a jingle or RAP to advertise their GLO-Bowl and finally share it with me via Google Classroom.
  • The next day, students present their completed Amazing Race Google Challenges with the whole class. They are really fun to watch!
  • Next, students watch the Struggle Meal Grain Bowl episode just to see all of the variations that Frankie does when preparing them.
  • Students then “Build a Own Grain Bowl” using the provided template and a list of ingredients you want to have on hand for them to use. The nice part about this is that you can control the options they can choose from.
  • During the next lab, students actually build and eat their grain bowl and since they hand-picked all of the ingredients, there’s no complaining! Win-win!


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