There is a lot kids can learn “simply” by making pancakes.
How to measure ingredients (volume). What ingredients are liquids vs. solids (physical science). How those ingredients interact (chemistry). There’s also the observational techniques scientists need to be successful.
Maybe it’s not so simple, after all. At least not when you’re five years old.
ESL teacher Debbie Phillips helped kindergarteners learn all those things and much more after studying the book, “Curious George Makes Pancakes.”
Together, the Phillips and the students in Ms. Emily Cherone’s kindergarten class studied solids and liquids, volume, observations and making predictions or hypothesis, all while increasing their own opportunities to speak, listen, read and write.
The lesson materials were provided through the UW-Whitewater Improving Teacher Quality Grant.