Today’s Blog challenge is to write about a favorite book. So….What could be better than making and eating Chocolate Chip Cookies?
After all, the smell of the cookies is wonderful, so I selected the book, The Doorbell Rang to go along with our family unit. This unit is one of my favorites. Maybe it is because my daughter is a Pastry Chef or maybe it is from the fun I have had making cookies as young child to now.
The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins, is the story of children sharing a plate of cookies. Mom is doing chores and each time the doorbell rings more of the children’s friends have come to visit. Mom states after each group arrives, “You can share the cookies.” The story tells of the problems and solutions as the group grows ever larger.
The lesson begins just like any other usual day. Ok, maybe not usual because you have a package of cookies in your hands. Ask the children how we could share a package of cookies with the whole class? Can we get more than one? Ask the children how we could share three cookies with the whole class. Would we get a whole one? Give them time to problem solve here. The important part is to let them figure out about sharing without telling them that is the process.
- Introduce the story. Hold up the book and give them time to look at all of the details. Encourage them to think about what is going to happen.
- Encourage a class discussion as they look at cover. Ask the students to note the details and discuss why there might be a difference in what the mom and the children are doing.
- Then allow the kids to explain what they see. (Examples: The lady made lots of cookies. They have lots of people coming to their house. I bet those cookies taste good. I don’t like to give my cookies to my brother. My mom makes really yucky cookies.)
- Read the book to the class and point to key pictures.
- After reading, talk about what happened in the story and how they shared the cookies. Remind them about times when the class has shared snacks.
- Explain that everyone will chime in “You can share the cookies”. It will not be long before the students start to chime in with the repetitive phrases.
- Explain that this week; they will be bakers just like the Mom in the story in all of the Centers.
- At the end of the lesson, offer the students a chance to tell their most favorite cookie. Graph the results.
- The students will enjoy the culmination activity of actually mixing and baking cookies to share with others.
- In this part, ask the students to tell what they believe will be in the cookies. (After the station time, this should be easier due to the empty boxes in the center.)
- Have the students to take turns putting in the ingredients and stirring the mix. Make sure that you use the vocabulary from the book and get the students to use all of their senses.
- Make sure that every student makes at least 4 cookies to ensure that they will have cookies to share.
- After baking them, pass napkins and allow the students to share their cookies with someone in the class, in the hall or office. (Great chance to make a Class book: The Doorbell Rang! Ding Dong! I can share the cookies with _____. Take pictures of the students sharing their cookies.)
- This would be one of the most favorite lessons.
Class Connections at Centers or Stations:
- Math Center: They will pretend to share the cookies. In order to show how they can play with the felt cookie manipulatives, pass them out in the circle. Pass the cookies out to a select number of students so that they can divide them equally. Repeat and change the number of students, but use the same number of cookie manipulatives. The center will also have an apron, bell, plastic plates, napkins, pan and the cookie manipulatives.
- Art Center: Have cookie cutters to stamp with, Paint with milk, paint on foil like a sheet pan.
- Home Center: Have measuring cups, empty container of chocolate chips, sugar, butter, vanilla, flour, vanilla, spoon, measuring spoons, mixing bowl, baking sheet, spatula. Explain that they can pretend to make the cookies.
- Writing Center: Have word cards with the names of the ingredients and tools. This would be a way to learn some new words and actions. They will write sentences about the cookies or just copy the words.
- Large Play Center: In the Blocks, have the cars and trucks and blocks to make bakeries and to deliver the cookies.
- Small Play Center: Have Baker puzzles, cookie puzzles and Cookie Bingo game.
- Technology: Watch the video The Doorbell Rang , Using the software KidPix or any drawing program; they can draw a new cookie to share. I will share the cookie with _____.
- Play dough Center: Have cookie cutters to make cookies and share.
Chocolate Chip – Mix cocoa powder into the play dough. Vanilla wafers-mix vanilla into the play dough.
- Library Center: Books to listen to and read.
Extra Ideas to help with the lesson:
- Tour of the kitchen-talk with the Manager to get her to talk about how she makes her cookies and then you can compare it to how the class made their cookies.
- Compare the sizes of the sizes of ingredients-tallest to shortest, food-nonfood, dry-wet.
- Brainstorm things that could be made out of a cookie.
- Higher level of thinking activity: It used to be a cookie but now it is a ______.
Hope you can see that creativity and diverse learning are alive and well in our classroom. I love to watch the students as they are making their play dough cookies and all of the language that takes place. No one can take that realistic learning away from them. I also love how the students come back to school after we have made the cookies and talk about the cookies they made at home too.
Love when learning comes full circle!
Enjoy your baking and learning and don’t forget to share your cookies!