Reflection: Real World Applications A "How-to" Lesson for the The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School - Section 2: Procedure


I have to say that I loved this lesson, but be prepared to have a big mess!  This lesson allowed for the students to create their own cookie from a rebus recipe and I did not interfere.  They were given the ingredients and materials to make cookie, but the adults who were helping in the room were directed not to get involved in the cookie making and recipe reading.  The adult roles were to be facilitators but not directors.  One group's dough flopped onto the floor, so thankfully I had an extra tray of ingredients and materials set to go.  Another group had a very quiet "recipe reader" and a "dry ingredient mixer" who was overzealous and dumped all the ingredients into the bowl without listening to the recipe reader or measuring out the proper portions. We laughed and laughed at the reactions of the students when they saw what came out of the oven.
I would definitely do this lesson next year, but I would make sure I had plenty of time so we do not feel rushed in the end.  (Helpful hint: Use disposable tablecloths for easy clean up.)

  What Fun! What a mess!
  Real World Applications: What Fun! What a mess!
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A "How-to" Lesson for the The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

Unit 8: A Dozen Gingerbread Treats
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT use a part of a story to create a piece of informational "How-to" writing. SWBAT follow a rebus recipe. Student Objective: I can read and follow a recipe to make a gingerbread cookie and then write down the directions.

Big Idea: Learning to follow directions is an essential skill needed for success in school as well as in life. Through participation in this lesson, kindergartners will learn the importance of following directions in a specified sequence.

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