Not many class assignments make you feel warm and fuzzy, but baking bread for charity while learning math comes pretty close to feeling good for homework.
At Butler Acres Elementary School, students participated in King Arthur Flour’s “Bake for Good” event. 100 fourth and fifth graders at the Kelso school learned to bake bread, pizza crust, and rolls. They had fun, and they learned how to help others.
Each student went home with an assignment over the weekend to bake two loaves of bread at home. One they could eat with with their families, the other was to be donated to a homeless shelter, the Community House on Broadway. They wall were sent home with a baking kit.
The science of bread baking was introduced when students looked at a photo of a microscopic yeast. “Ew!” was the collective squeal from fourth and fifth graders. They were not pleased to learn that the yeast was a fungus.
Then there was the fun of watching how the loaves bubbled and rose with heat and time. They also got to practice pizza flinging!
The project combined a home/school connection with charity, and math and science. Students were told “You’re going to eat your homework”, and they were enthusiastic about the idea!