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Little Red Hen Bakes Bread

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to:
  • Explain the origins of bread and the bread baking process.
  • Follow a step by step procedure for baking bread.
  • Compare and contrast their bread baking experiences to that of the little red hen.
  • Organize and record data using a graphic representation (venn diagram).

Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Other

Time Needed:
3 hours
Standards Addressed:
  • Language arts standard 5: Use the general skills and strategies of the reading process.
    • Benchmark # 2: Use meaning clues (e.g., story structure and repetitive phrases) to aid comprehension and make predictions about content (e.g., character’s behavior).
  • Language arts standard 6: Use reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary text.
    • Benchmark # 1: Use reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of familiar literary passages and texts (e.g., picture books, predictable books).
    • Benchmark # 5: Relate stories to personal experiences.
  • History standard 1: Understand family life now and in the past, and in various places long ago.
    • Benchmark # 3: Knows cultural similarities and differences in food between families now and in the past.
  • Science standard 12: Understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
    • Benchmark # 2: Record information about the physical world (e.g., drawings, simple data charts).
  • Technology standard 4: Understand the nature of technological design.
    • Benchmark # 2: Know that tools (e.g., microwave) have specific functions, such as to do things more easily.

Materials Needed:
  • "Little Red Hen Bakes Bread' venn diagram graphic organizer (included below)
  • One large mixing bowl
  • One spoon
  • One measuring cup 
  • One measuring spoon 
  • One bread pan 
  • One hand towel
  • ¼ Cup milk 
  • 5 Teaspoons sugar 
  • 1 Teaspoon salt 
  • 5 Teaspoons butter 
  • 1 Package active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ to 3 ½ cups flour
  • Corn starch or nonstick cooking spray 
  • Warm water 
  • Microwave 
  • Oven 
  • A copy or multiple copies of "The Little Red Hen"

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf LittleRedHenBakesBread.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf LittleRedHenWorksheet.pdf
Located in: Language Arts

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