Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris

 Ann Morris shares bread with us from around the world. This book celebrates our love of bread in all its various forms.

Materials

  • Ingredients for uncooked playdough
  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil  (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • few drops glycerine 
  • A piece of bread and a plastic knife per child. 
  • A spread to go onto the bread.

Vocabulary

  • Knead (to roll and smush and pound the dough until it is smooth)
  •  Loaf (a pans worth of bread, usually cut up into pieces)

Before Reading the Story

            Look at the cover of the book and ask the children if they can guess what the story is about.  Ask if any of them like to eat bread, do they eat it plain or do they put something on their bread?  Read the title and tell the children that people everywhere eat bread.  Begin the book.

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; shows growing interest and involvement in listening to and discussing a variety of fiction and non-fiction books and poetry.  AND Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; progresses in abilities to initiate and respond appropriately in conversations and discussions with peers and adults.

Reading the Story

            As you read, ask the children if they have tried the various kinds of breads shown in the pictures.  Do they know the name of the different breads?

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; uses an increasingly complex and varied spoken vocabulary.

After Reading the Story

            Show the children a globe or map of the world and point to some of the places where the pictures were taken.

Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; begins to express and understand concepts and language of geography in the contexts of the classroom, home, and community.

Discovery

            Let the children make non-cooked playdough and pretend that they are kneading the dough for bread. 

2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil  (baby oil and coconut oil work too)

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)

food colouring (optional)

few drops glycerine 

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right

Creative Arts/ Dramatic Play; shows growing creativity and imagination in using materials and in assuming different roles  in dramatic play situations.  AND Science/Scientific Methods & Skills; begins to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss & draw conclusions, and form generalizations.

Music and Movement

Mr Mike has a You Tube called Peanut Butter and Jelly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67A3XmpVAGI

Creative Arts/Music; participates with increasing interest and enjoyment in a variety of music activities, including listening to music, singing, finger plays, games, and performances.

Cut out and color the shape cookies and Teach the children the finger play, Five Little Cookies

Five little cookies in the bakery shop

Shining bright with sugar on top.

Along comes (name a child) with a nickel to pay,

He/she buys a cookie and takes it away.

What shape cookie did (child) buy?  How many cookies are left?

Continue with 4, 3, 2, 1.

Mathematics/ Number & operations; begins to associate number concepts, vocabulary, quantities, and written numerals  in meaningful ways.

Blocks

            Encourage the children to use the small rectangle wooden blocks as loaves of bread.  Can they build an oven where the bread can fit inside?  For younger children, let them use a shoe box or cubby on its side to represent an oven.  How many loaves can they fit in the oven at one time?  Ask them to load the oven and then count all the loaves of bread.

Creative Arts/ Dramatic Play; shows growing creativity and imagination in using materials and in assuming different roles  in dramatic play situations.   AND Mathematics/Number & Operations; demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantity.

Art

            Cut out bread shapes from white construction paper. The children can paint it shades of brown to make wheat bread or rye breads.  Put the paints out in an old muffin tin.  Use brown, white, and black paints today.

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; progresses in abilities to use writing, drawing, and art tools, including pencils, markers, chalk, paint brushes, and various types of technology.

Library and writing

            If you have a flannel board and flannels of foods, put this into the center today.  Challenge the children to find all the bread/grain products and put them on the flannel board.  If you have done some nutrition teaching with the children, ask them to divide the foods up by food groups (fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and dairy)

Mathematics/Patterns  & Measurement; shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attributes such as shape or size.

Sand and water

            Bring in some bread pans and muffin pans for the children to use with dampened sand as they pretend to bake bread.  Include measuring cups, bowls, and measuring spoons, and a small roller.  Ask the children to count how many cups of flour/sand it takes to fill the bread pan, etc..

Creative Arts/ Dramatic Play; shows growing creativity and imagination in using materials and in assuming different roles  in dramatic play situations. 

Dramatic Play

             Bring out any restaurant props that you might have and encourage the children to act out the different roles (waitress, chef, customer). 

Creative Arts/ Dramatic Play; shows growing creativity and imagination in using materials and in assuming different roles  in dramatic play situations.  AND Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; develops increasing abilities to give and take in interactions; to take turns with in games and using materials; and to interact without being overly submissive or directive.

Math and Manipulatives

            Bring in a kind of bread and a spread that goes with it. Have the children spread onto their bread using a plastic knife. (Bagel and soft crème cheese, bread and butter, bread and jelly)

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; develops growing strength, dexterity, and control needed to use tools such as scissors, paper punch, stapler, and hammer.

            Make 2 copies of the bread pictures on paper that the children cannot see through.  Use these to play Memory by turning all the pictures upside down on the table.  A child picks two cards.  If they match he keeps them, if they do not match he turns them back upside down on the table.  The next child goes.  Continue till all the pairs are collected and have the children count how many cards they have.

Mathematics/Patterns  & Measurement; shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attributes such as shape or size.

Outdoor Play

            Tell the children that crackers are a kind of bread or grain.  Today you are going to pretend that you are crackers, animal crackers!  Call out animals and the children act them out both in their actions and their voices.  Encourage them to run and roar as different animals.  Give them a moment to act out each animal and then shout “Animal crackers freeze!”.  This cues the children to stop and listen for the next animal.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multi-step directions.  AND Physical Health & Development/Health Status and Practices; participates actively in games, outdoor play, and other forms of exercise that  enhance physical fitness.

Transitions

            Ask children if they can think of words that rhyme with bread (spread, head, red,said, bed).  Continue to dismiss by playing with rhyming words.

Literacy/Phonological Awareness; progresses in recognizing matching sounds and rhymes in familiar words, games, songs, stories, and poems.

Resources

          

About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.