Pizza Party

Nanzaro’s class is having a Pizza Party just prior to the Winter break. This is another fun project for the class. The students got to make pizza all by themselves. The class is divided in groups of five and they made the pizza from scratch, from making the dough and choosing their own toppings.

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The class had so much fun doing this project. It’s the best pizza they ever had because of their labour of love.

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The recipe for the pizza dough is very simple and that is the beauty of it; good for classroom project.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water (plus an additional 2 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Mix 1 cup of flour with all other ingredients.
  2. Gradually add 2nd cup of flour until it forms a ball. Use your hands to from and knead the dough.
  3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and lightly oil the dough by rotating it in the oiled bowl.
  4. Let the dough rest 10-15 minutes in a bowl covered with a dish tower or saran to keep it warm.
  5. Spread out onto greased pizza pan and top with your favourite toppings.
  6. Bake at 425F for approximately 15 minutes.

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Soft Pretzel

Nanzaro’s class had a Halloween party on Halloween Day. I volunteered to help his class in making Soft Pretzels for the party. I went to the school early in the morning at 9 am. Nanzaro’s teacher, Ms T divided the class into small groups of 5 to 6 people and assigned the first 2 groups for the first session of making the Soft Pretzels.

It was fun working with the kids especially on Halloween Day because a lot of them were in costumes. Here is a pair dressed up like Siamese twins where their clothes are joined together.

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Here is one injured patient working on the dough.

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Ingredients

  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups flour, more for kneading
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • coarse salt for sprinkling, optional

This is a really fun project for the kids. They get to work on the dough and form the dough into any shape imaginable. This brings out the creativity in the kids.

Instructions

  • Measure the warm water into a large mixing bowl
  • Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar and stir until it looks cloudy.
  • Add the salt and flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Bring the dough together with your hand and knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s soft.
  • Divide the dough into small portions and give one to each kid.
  • Let the kid roll and twist the dough into letters, numerals, snakes and anything they like.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lay the shaped dough on the cookie sheets.
  • Brush with beaten eggs and sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.
  • Bake in a preheated 425F oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Kneading the dough.

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Shaping the dough.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friends are chocolate chips in the cookie of life!

Believe it or not … Suanne’s chocolate chip cookies were so good that her recipe has landed into the Richmond School Board’s Grade 5/6 curriculum. He he he … not exactly … but this is how things happened: Just before Christmas, Suanne baked some chocolate chip cookies and gave some to Arkensen and Nanzaro’s teachers. Ms T, Arkensen’s class teacher, liked it so much that she told Arkensen she rationed herself to just one a day. She also asked Suanne for the recipe and decided to organize a class baking project using Suanne’s recipe. Well, the project was carried out today by Arkensen’s class in the staff room and the gym’s kitchen. The class was divided into two groups: the boys vs the girls. Here is a picture of the boys’ cookies:

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The two teams were given the written recipe and were expected to make the cookies all by themselves. They are to learn how to read instructions very carefully. Suanne supervised the boys team while Ms T. supervised the girls.

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Suanne can’t be at two places at a time and so she just took pictures of the boys in action. They had a great time and everyone took active part. Everyone wanted a hand in every step of the process that they did the math and divided the tasks equally between themselves. For example, when the recipe called for 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract, the boys divided the task into 8 half-teaspoon so that each of them had a chance to pour it into the mix. That is teamwork!! (more…)

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