Our favorite part of the unit (and a new addition this year), was having a BBQ in the classroom. I found a super cute red/white checkered table cloth from the Target Dollar Spot (LOVE!). We split the kids into 4 groups to complete all the cooking work. Group 1 did all the cutting of the veggies for the pasta salad; Group 2 put the pasta salad together; Group 3 made the hot dogs on the George Forman "grill;" and Group 4 made the Kool-Aid.
Once we were done cooking, we set up the food in a little buffet line so the kids could create their plates of food. We had the non-verbal students use PECS to request what they wanted and the other kids had to tell the adults vocally what they wanted/did not want. I bought relish, mustard, and ketchup for the hot dogs, and figured most kids would NOT want relish (I was right)...but I did this so that the kids could practice answering "yes" and "no" questions (i.e. "Do you want relish?" "NO").
The kids had a blast cooking (and eating) their BBQ. I was shocked that so many kids actually liked the pasta salad and hot dogs! It was one of our most successful cooking sessions this year!