"Guess what I saw this weekend, Miss Stephani!"
"What?" I would ask.
"A RAINBOW! I think it was a DOUBLE Rainbow!!" There really seems to be nothing more exciting than a double rainbow to most people. I happen to be one of them. Double rainbows are awesome! What better way to celebrate them than to incorporate them into our Fall/Harvest topic than to make Double Rainbow Cornbread?
Another useful option is to use this as an opportunity to differentiate instruction in a multi-age and multi-level classroom. For example: the student who is starting to read more independently reads out the recipe, the one with an affinity for math can measure .The student who is just learning to follow directions or who is working on fine motor can be in charge of stirring the batter or pouring from one container to another. Students can also be paired with one another in order in a way that will support joint learning. Being a teacher is about finding ways to educate in any circumstance and recognize that life is learning.
Once we had our roles and the recipe was prepared we continued the lesson and added the colors of the rainbow! I try to make it a habit to avoid any sort of artificial coloring in any of the food we eat here. but I made an exception with this cornbread after I was given approval by all of the families involved.
- Early Math Skills: colors, number recognition, shapes, patterns (colors of the rainbow), measuring, telling time, addition (when will it be ready?)
- Early Literacy: Pre-reading (visual recipe), reading (recipe), letter recognition, name recognition(assigned jobs)
- Science: learning about corn, mixing of ingredients, prediction of outcome, color mixing/blending
- Joint attention
- Moral reasoning: exploring the idea of "fairness"
- Supporting each other
- Holding conversations with peers
- Focusing on group activity
- Making choices
- Encouraged language development (Conversations between student are encouraged during activities as long as no one else is addressing the group. )
- New Vocabulary Includes: Ingredients, Measurement, Teaspoon, Measuring Cup, Degrees
- Receptive Language: Following two-three step verbal instruction.
- Expressive: Giving instruction through helping/directing a peer.
- Fine Motor: pouring, stirring, opening packages, pointing.
- Skills preparing food for self
- Feeding self
- Cleaning up