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Cooking and Creating in the Kitchen

 

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Cooking and Creating in the Kitchen

Grades K – 2
Activity Time About 2 hours
Activity Author

Amy Mascott

Amy Mascott

DC Metro, Maryland

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

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Activity Description

Children will read Laura Numeroff’s circular tale, If You Give a Moose a Muffin and will have a "Muffin Party."  They will write invitations for friends—real pals or stuffed animals—and everyone will enjoy eating homemade banana muffins at the party.  By following a kid-friendly recipe for baking muffins and by paying close attention to the environmental print in the kitchen, children will have fun and develop early literacy skills along the way!

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Why This Is Helpful

Discussing the story and then collaborating to plan a "Muffin Party" gives families a hands-on opportunity for learning.  Creating invitations gives children an authentic purpose for writing, and reading and following a recipe provides children with an authentic purpose for reading both the recipe and the environmental print in the kitchen.  Not only does the cooking provide a multi-sensory, hands-on activity for children, but working with an adult on a multi-step process that yields an exciting finished product for everyone to enjoy!

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