Gourmet Green Eggs and Ham
Students cook up a batch of the Seuss book's namesake, connecting literature with math and real-world skills.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
- Unit Plan:
Following a reading of Green Eggs and Ham, students put on their chef hats and cook up a batch of the yummy namesake. It's a great way to make connections between literature, math, and real-life skills.
- Make real-life connections to literature
- Practice following directions
- Get an introduction to cooking and safety
- Turn an experience into a story
Note: You will need to decide food quantities based on the number of students.
- green pepper
- cheese cutting board
- electric fry pan
- mixing spoon
- plates and forks (one each per student)
- easel board with paper
Set Up and Prepare
- Wash the peppers and parsley before the lesson.
- Wash a table to serve as a work area to cut the vegetables.
Gather students together near the easel board and share with them that they will be making green eggs and ham. Show students the ingredients and supplies one at a time as you record them on the paper. List any ingredient quantities as well. When showing your students the electric fry pan, stress the importance of not touching it, due to potential burns.
After washing their hands, divide students into small groups and have them crack eggs and beat them in the bowl. Students cook the eggs as scrambled eggs in the fry pan. After students have cut them up, they will add cheese, peppers, parsley, and ham. (Be certain knives are of an appropriate type to use with young children.)
When eggs are thoroughly cooked, serve them on plates and have your class sit down to eat the eggs as a whole group. Be sure students wash their hands once again after cooking, as they may have raw egg on their hands.
Supporting All Learners
Have the ingredients written on sentence strips with pictures of the ingredients as visual cues. Pre-teach scrambled egg cooking in your dramatic play center.
- Take pictures of students during the various steps of the activity. Use them to create a class book.
- Share small plates of egg with a neighboring classroom, allowing students to practice good table manners.
This lesson can establish a home connection in a variety of ways. Make a copy of the egg recipe and send it home with students. Include the recipe, along with photos of students cooking in the class and school newsletters. Invite parents to class for an "egg tasting" and have them read passages from their favorite Dr. Seuss books.
- Draw a picture and label your favorite soup.
- Create a "vegetable face" using Play-Doh.
- Was I clear in my directions?
- Was I prepared with the proper materials?
- Would I do anything differently next time?
- Are students engaged and on task?
- Do all students have a role in making the eggs?