My students come to my multi-age classroom representing a huge range of reading abilities. I have students reading below grade level, at grade level and far above grade level.
My students, ages six to eight, are at the very beginning of developing their lives as readers.
Some came into my classroom already identifying as readers, while others have not yet developed this identity. Research shows that third grade is a critical year for reading development. Once they are past that grade, it can be difficult for struggling readers to get to standard. My goal as a teacher of first and second grade students is to get them hooked on reading early, so that they will become lifelong readers who not only read at standard, but above all, read for enjoyment!
In my literacy classroom, I teach students not just how to read, but why reading is important in their lives. We learn the alphabet, we learn high-frequency words and we learn how to comprehend what we have read.
The exciting thing about this project is that students will get to experience a very practical application of how the reading skills they are learning can be used to follow a recipe.
They will be creating a delicious snack with their own two hands.
Cooking activities serve an important purpose in the classroom. In addition to developing reading skills, students practice following directions and observing a sequence. They develop mathematical skills such as counting, measuring and multiplying or dividing. They learn about how food affects our bodies, how to use kitchen tools such as a microwave and a mixing bowl set and how to be safe in a kitchen. Students in a cooking classroom gain confidence as they work independently and improve communication as they work interdependently. With the things they learn in the classroom, students can create opportunities to cook with their families in their home kitchens, bringing families together in a meaningful way.
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