So we made some pretty yummy pizza today. We are in the middle of Treasure's Food Unit and just read the story about making a pizza (Voc. Cards). I was shocked to learn that most of the children had never made pizza at home before. They lacked background knowledge, big time.
I, on the other hand, know these ingredients all too well. And the place I trust with quality is good 'ol Trader Joe's.
I brought in my toaster oven from home and it was on,.....
I first set up my cooking station on the kidney table in the back.
I set up seven chairs a couple of feet away form the work area. These designated areas assured safety. I called my workshops groups to the back one at a time. This made things manageable for me and assured that everyone got an opportunity to participate. Our schedule on this minimum day gave us just one hour to pull this off. The first thing I asked each group to do was wash their hands, of course. I then gave them a small amount of dough to knead. They did this as they watched me prepare the group pizza (I made one group pizza for each group; a total of 4 pizzas and an extra one for Cindy). Then I asked for volunteers to help spread the sauce, sprinkle the cheese, and lay on the pepperoni. A good chef always samples his or her ingredients, and the children got a kick out of that!
Everyone LOVED it! Now they want to bake their own pizza everyday for lunch. Some even thought we should open up our own restaurant and name it "Room 2 Pizza Rev." Love it! You know I'm taking this enthusiasm and carrying over to some writing assignment tomorrow. I'll have to figure that out. For today, we simply finished up the lesson with a Charlotte Diamond classic, "I Am A Pizza!" I was great!!!
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