Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Cooking/Science
- tape recorder
- chart paper and marker
- index cards
- electric frying pan
- cooking utensils (spatula, mixing bowl, wire whisk)
- pancake ingredients
Objective: Through inquiry, investigation, and experimentation, children will learn different ways of preparing pancakes.
1 Write the words pancakes, hotcakes, griddlecakes, and flapjacks on chart paper. Read the words with the children. Invite them to share what they know about these words. Ask: How do you make pancakes? What ingredients are needed to make pancakes? How much of each ingredient is needed? What kitchen tools are needed to prepare pancakes? Record the children's responses on the chart paper.
2 Ask the children if they would like to try to make pancakes. Do they think they have enough information to do this? If they feel ready to cook pancakes, follow their recipe and cooking instructions. When you're finished, encourage the children to assess and discuss the results of the recipe. Record their conclusions.
3 If the children do not feel they have enough information, or if their recipe did not work, encourage them to think of different ways they could find out how to make pancakes. Record the children's responses on chart paper.
4 Help the children gather more information about pancakes. They may want to visit a local restaurant or the school cafeteria to interview a cook, ask parents or family members to send in favorite pancake recipes, or collect recipes from cookbooks. Use a tape recorder if children conduct interviews.
5 Designate a special area of the room where children can place the pancake recipes that they have gathered. Engage the children in creating a plan to test the recipes. Would they like to try all of the recipes or just choose a few? Provide time for the children to complete their pancake investigation. Encourage parents to donate ingredients. Photograph and record the process.
Remember: There are different terms for pancakes and for cooking them. Depending on where you live, children may be more familiar with one term than others.
Math: Make a bar graph that lists all the recipes for pancakes and indicates the names of the children who liked each one. Which recipe did most children prefer? Which recipe was least preferred?