Cooking or baking, even making fairy bread (or anything else that does not require the oven) is pretty much guaranteed to be a fun and engaging classroom activity. Not only is it fun, but also a great opportunity for lower primary students to explore sequences of instructions, encouraging them to think about logical order or what step needs to occur before the next can take place.
Classroom Activity Idea
- Students vote to decide what cookies they would like to make in class
- Teacher displays and reads the recipe and through cooperative learning strategies, like think pair share and group discussion, students make observations about how the recipe is structured, and why.
- With the class, teacher discusses and models how to go about rearranging/sorting the component pieces of the recipe if they were in a random, incorrect order. E.g. cannot bake before mixed, cannot preheat oven after baking. Does it matter if egg goes in before flour? What would happen?
- Small group activity – students are given the component pieces of other recipes to practice and develop skills putting instructions into a logical sequence.
- Students follow original class recipe and make the cookies.
- During cooking session maths can be integrated – e.g. measurement
- How many cookies do you think will fit on the tray?
- Which bowl do you think will fit all these ingredients in best?
- Let children hold two items (bag of flour/sugar/can etc), discuss which is heavier/lighter.
- Exit question – students answer the question by drawing, writing or audio recording (in order to eat a cookie!) Why does it matter that sets of instructions are in a logical sequence/the correct order?