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offers unlimited learning possibilities!
Pizza making can be an incredible educational experience
There are multiple skills involved in making pizza.
Pizza allows unlimited learning opportunities!
As you follow the
dough recipe you are reinforcing reading skills and following
directions. According to scientific studies the absolute best way to increase reading
ability, believe it or not, is to read! Take turns reading and working
with the dough. Following directions is another important skill to learn and reinforce.
Some of us never get the skill of following directions. (I'm still working on this one).
When you measure out ingredients
you use math skills. Basic measuring skills can be taught just by using the dough recipe. You
can ask such questions as: "how much ingredients would you need if you double
or triple the recipe?". Higher level math skills can be used when figuring out the
cost of each pizza. You can then try to compute the cps (cost per slice)!
Real life problems and incidental learning are a great way to acquire and reinforce
various skills. Pizza can also be used to learn fractions!
Lanius has developed a fun way to learn fractions with pizza. For an
overview go to the Table
Here is another math resource created by Helena Bonaparte, Teresa
Tyler, and Tiffanni Hermon-Wardell: Click
Observing how the yeast is
activated with warm water and sugar, is a science experiment. Yeast is actually a living
organism. You are "growing " the yeast when you activate it with warm water and
sugar. Rising dough is not a chemical reaction, but actually a biological process. OK, I
am sounding a little to scientific here, but you get the idea.
For more information on yeast, Stanford
University has compiled a great
Describing the taste and smells of
the pizza can allow you to increase vocabulary and writing skills. Brain-storm and
write down a list of descriptors. Then, use a dictionary or thesaurus to help you add
words to the list. Descriptions are a fun way to practice new words. Writing down the
experience of creating pizza is another way to increase writing skills. True, editing and
rewriting should be included to increase writing skills. (You never improve if you
keep making the same mistakes!)
If you are working with several children at once, you can teach the
cooperative skill of getting along with others. This is one of the
most important skills we can share with young people. If you can't
get along with others you will have a difficult time in school and
work. The experience of creating a pizza together fosters a very
positive group dynamic
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