Classroom Activity
Making a Pizza Pie!
Any way you slice it, pizza making helps children develop math and science skills!

MIXED AGES
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Materials:

  • How Pizza Came to Queens by Dayal Kaur Khalsa (Turtleback Books, 1995; $11.19)
  • pizza recipe ingredients
  • chart paper and markers
Objective: Children will develop math, science, and literacy skills as they learn how to prepare a pizza.

In Advance: Make an illustrated recipe chart for the pizza dough recipe.

ACTIVITY

Recipe: Basic Pizza Dough

4 cups flour
2 cups water
1 oz yeast (compressed)
1 1/2 teaspoon malt or sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
tomato sauce
shredded cheese (mozzarella or cheddar)

  1. Read the book How Pizza Came to Queens to children. Engage children in a conversation about pizza. What type of pizza do they like? Do they like toppings on their pizza?
  2. Tell children that they will learn how to make a pizza. Ask children to think about what they would need to make a pizza. Record their responses. Show children the pizza dough recipe and compare their responses.
  3. Children can assist in gathering the needed cooking utensils: measuring cup, measuring spoons, mixing bowl, rolling pin, and pizza baking pan. Assist all of the children in washing their hands so they can participate in the kneading of the dough. Remind children that it is very important to keep their hands clean until they have had their turn.
  4. Recipe: Begin by mixing the yeast and water. Then add 1/3 of the flour and malt. Mix together. Let the dough stand until it starts to bubble. Encourage children to notice all of the changes that the ingredients are going through as the recipe is being prepared. Add olive oil and salt and gradually add more flour, kneading it into a smooth dough. Knead for 10 minutes and then turn in a slightly oiled bowl. Let the dough rise until doubled. Assist children in using a plastic knife or wooden spoon handle to measure the dough before and after it rises. Roll the pizza out into a 12" circle. Add toppings and bake at 450°F for about 13 minutes.
  5. Hooray! Pizza for everyone!

Curriculum Connection

Math: Pizza Pie Math.
Give all of the children a circular sheet of paper about the size of the pizza and provide a variety of art materials including markers, crayons, safety scissors, and collage paper. Ask children to use the art materials to design their own pizza. Encourage them to use their imaginations to create realistic or silly toppings for their pizza. Older children can use their pizzas to begin easy fraction activities. When they have finished, ask everyone to draw a line down and across the middle, dividing their pizza into four equal slices. Then ask children to divide each slice in half. Now how many slices of pizza do they have? Provide children with scissors to cut their pizza into sections.

BOOKS
"Hi, Pizza Man" by Virginia Walter
(Orchard Books, 1998; $6.95)
Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
(HarperCollins Juvenile, 1998; $14.95)
Pizza Party (Hello Reader! Series) by Grace Maccarone
(Scholastic Inc.; $3.99)