What better way to engage children in learning than to let them get their hands dirty, while using the material taught in class to produce a finished product? Because, let’s be honest, kids love the hands-on stuff!
Recently, students in one of the grade 1 classes made pancakes as a hands-on way to apply their language, science and math skills, all based upon topics currently being taught in class.
The students were presented with a simple recipe, and were instructed to work as a team to complete the instructions, thus checking their reading comprehension. Together, they measured and poured all of the ingredients, under the watchful eye of their teacher.
Students worked through their task by applying their knowledge of fractions to measure the ingredients, ensuring they would make the most scrumptious pancakes in all the land. Prior to their chef experiences, we reviewed natural and raw materials, and how we can combine them to make new substances, in Science. Making these pancakes was a perfect example of how we can take raw materials of various states and combine them to make something new. We even used the butter we had made in a prior Science lesson!
Under the close watch of their teacher, they even cooked their pancakes! While they were cooking, the students had a quick Health and Safety lesson, on the importance of only using cooking appliances under the supervision of an adult.
After the cooking lesson, they all enjoyed digging into the fruits of their labour! The children each had so much fun engaging in this hands-on activity that they did not even realize that they were using so many skills taught in various different subjects!