I've been teaching a "culture" lesson to my 5th graders this week and it's so exciting to be able to teach them about the diversity of our nation, as well as so many other countries around the world (and of course I gave a little plug about Vietnam). Next week I am going to read them "Everybody Bakes Bread" and I am planning on bringing in examples of bread from different cultures. I'm thinking of bringing in french baguette as one of the examples, which would obviously represent France, but it's also an important part of the Vietnamese cuisine due to the fact that they were occupied by France for many years. This is something that I didn't know until recently, but I thought it was pretty interesting.
I'm definitely looking forward to a much-needed long weekend starting tomorrow! I had every intention of making a fabulous Vietnamese dinner of coconut curry chicken tonight, but was too exhausted to even attempt it.