If you’ve been here much this fall you’ve read many posts about pumpkins. We’ve read lots of books about pumpkins, planned and created amazing Literary Lanterns out of pumpkins, and then, because of a super lead from Mrs. Meihaus, returned our pumpkins to the wild depths of the Robinson Woods from whence they came. Ok, not really, but we did take them out to see what would happen next, with our fingers crossed that we’ll grow a pumpkin patch. 🙂
Well, over Thanksgiving, while I was working on dessert with my own family, it seemed to just make sense that our Rm. 202 family needed to make, bake and ENJOY a pumpkin pie together. I mean, come on, right? PERFECT!!
And of course, true to 20somethingkidsand1kookyteacher form, this story is going to SUPER LONG because I kept the whole story to myself until the very end. Apologies–I’ll try to save as many words as I can and instead use pictures and videos of my kiddos instead of lots of teacher words from me!
1.) We used the 3 Act Task that I had learned about a couple of weeks ago to start our thinking about what would be the best way to cut our pie and therefore how many we might need to bake to feed our class. I showed them these images and asked what they wondered…
They came up with these questions:
We decided to tackle the last one: Which is the best shape of pie to make for all of us? But even before we could figure out the answer, we had to determine what we meant by the word BEST. We agreed that it was the pie that fed the most people with the least amount of work and the biggest piece!
We worked in small groups to try out triangles and rectangles to see how we could make those shapes and sizes work.
We eventually agreed that triangles would give us a bigger piece of pie, as well as would be much easier to cut all the same way (so it would be fair for everyone), and so another group got busy working with the recipe. We used this one, from The Minimalist Baker. It’s vegan and so perfect for all of the allergy concerns we have in our room (and which was why I tried it for my Thanksgiving, too–everyone could eat it!!).
We did some quick multiplication and figured out we’d need to make 3 pies to get enough pieces for all of the kiddos plus two teachers, and so then we had to look at the amounts of each ingredient we’d need to have (that way I’d know if I had enough of everything at home already like I thought I did).
With some moments that reminded me of the Feast Week work we did in 5th grade several years ago, some of my first grade friends helped me triple the recipe. Wow!
Once we had the details figured out, the kitchen ok’ed to use (thanks Ms. Barbara!!), and all the ingredients brought to school, we got busy! We carved out the morning to make and bake our pies so that then we could eat our pie for dessert after lunch. I have to say THANKS A MILLION to my Rm. 202 friend Rachel for taking care of pictures for us while we made pies, and man did she take a lot! I cannot decide which ones to share so I’ll just play a slideshow here so you can see her great work and the smiles on all the faces of the Rm. 202 bakers! Plus I love how things look so different when someone else takes the pictures instead of me. 🙂
We got a little surprise when we took our pies to the oven to be baked–Ms. Barbara gave us a tour of the kitchen! What a treat to see where the lunchtime magic takes place and it definitely gave us more of an appreciation for what those ladies do for us every day!
We cut our pie (using our super smart thinking from math earlier in the week!) and then plated it, topped it with whipped cream (well most of us did!) and then chowed down. Some kiddos were worried that they would not like the pie, so we agreed that they didn’t have to eat the whole thing, but just take a “thank-you bite,” which is a way to say you appreciate the time and energy it takes to make a great dessert. We got mixed reviews on the pie, but I think the thumbs-up have it with this one.
I’d say these three were the happiest about pie. Could have probably eaten the whole thing themselves! Love their smiles!!
Ok, I will be done now, and will leave you with this picture. It sums up what I wanted to happen at that old kitchen table in my classroom and kind of reminds me of what Thanksgiving looks like at home. Only this one was celebrated with my Rm. 202 family. 🙂 I am definitely thankful for them!
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