"I can't make up a lab at home unless it involves the microwave. We only cook at home in the microwave."
"I don't know what to do about measuring things at home when I cook, we don't have measuring cups and measuring spoons. Where do you get them?"
"I introduced a lesson explaining that students would be cooking on the stove top and need their small sauce pan. Students got their ingredients and supplies. As I walked around the room I found one group using a metal bowl cooking on the stove top.
I gently asked, why are you using a bowl to cook in and not a sauce pan (yes kitchen tools and equipment were discussed in the classroom)? Answered with a question, "Does it matter, it's metal?" Yes it does. It is different metal, you could burn yourself working with something that does not have a handle, and the shape of the bowl makes it less sturdy on the stove top. Let's use pans for cooking and bowls for mixing."
Do you have similar stories? I'd love to hear...