1st Grade - Social Studies

LESSON PROBLEM: What are the ways of cooking rice?


Rice is a hard grain. Once it is cooked it becomes soft. It is a delicious food. You will want to cook your own rice.

Before cooking anything, make sure there is an adult to help you!

There are different types of rice grains. Long grain, medium grain and short grain are the types of rice grown in the United States. The different types of rice cook in different ways.

Long grain rice stays separate and fluffy when it is cooked.

Short grain rice is more sticky. The grains of this type of rice stick together. They are ideal for using in puddings. Italian people use this type of rice to make risotto. Risotto is a delicious dish made of rice and has chopped meat or cheese and vegetables in it.

Medium grain rice has a soft creamy texture when it is cooked. It is ideal for making desserts.

Rice is easy to cook. It must be cooked in liquid. People cook it in water, juice, milk or stock. Stock is the broth that comes from boiling vegetables or meat in water.

There are many ways to cook rice. It can be steamed or boiled. Sometimes, people boil it and then fry it. It can be baked in puddings. Rice is delicious no matter what way it is cooked.

When rice cooks it absorbs liquid. It fluffs up to three times the size it started. To cook white rice, you need one and three-fourths cups of water for each cup of rice. Boil the water and when it is boiling add the rice. Stir the rice and then turn the heat down. Slowly cook the rice for twenty minutes. The rice will take in the water.

Different kinds of rice take longer to cook. Brown rice must be cooked longer than white rice. Brown rice is chewier in texture. It has a delicious nutty flavor.

Rice is cooked in many different ways around the world. It is eaten in many different ways. In China, baskets are often used to steam the rice. The baskets are placed over boiling water and the rice cooks in the steam. This is a very healthy way to cook rice.

In India and China and parts of Europe the rice is sometimes fried. Spices are often added to the rice to make it taste delicious. Some of the spices they use are saffron and turmeric. These spices turn rice the color yellow.

There are many dishes that include rice. It is added to chili and to soups. It is even eaten cold in salads.

Rice is a wonderful food to cook and to add to other foods. Many cultures love to cook rice.


Write Your Name with Rice:

You will need:

Liquid white glue in a squirt bottle

Colored rice



1. Print your name on the piece of paper using the white glue.

2. Sprinkle the rice over the glue.

3. Let dry.

4. Pour off excess rice.

You now have your "name in rice".


Divide a paper into four sections. In each section draw a step to take when cooking rice.

  • fluffs
  • chewier
  • texture
  • fried
  • saffrom
  • turmeric
  • risotto

Click here to play Rice Rampage!
Baldo is actually a type of specialty rice grown right here in the U.S. Other types include basmati, jasmine and arborio.
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