Constructing waffle houses

Constructing waffle houses

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Short description

Waffle houses - constructing challenge

Type of resource: Website

Web address https://giadzy.com/food/spin-on-a-gingerbread-house-giada/

Language: English

Description

Constructing 3D models of houses with independently baked waffles; learning how to prepare waffle dough.

Scientific concept introduced

Waffles, waffle dough, square, rectangle, baking

Creative and critical thinking

Creative thinking: imagination, understanding space dimensions

Mathematical reasoning

Mathematical thinking: measuring ingredients (understanding proportions)

Scientific thinking

Scientific thinking: observing, predicting, drawing conclusions

Learning how to learn

Learning how to learn: motivation and engagement, feelings of self-efficacy and independence

Additional

Teamwork - cooperating, sharing ideas, taking responsibility for a common task; Language competence; Fine motor skills - Using technical tools and equipment

Full description

Waffle houses - constructing challenge

Overall aims

- Developing the understanding of the process of preparing dough;
- Strengthening the feelings of self-efficacy and independence;
- Developing the skills of logical thinking;
- Developing the ability to build interpersonal relations and teamwork;
- Developing the skills of using kitchen tools and equipment;
- Supporting the ability to follow the rules of safety and hygiene.

Vocabulary - keywords should be understood

waffles, waffle dough, square, rectangle, baking

Expected learning outcomes (operational aims)

The child will be able to:
- name the ingredients necessary to prepare waffle dough;
- describe the stages of cooking waffles;
- measure the ingredients;
- construct the house using waffles;
- cooperate in a team;
- take care of order and tidiness in a workplace;
- follow the rules of safety and hygiene in a kitchen environment

STEM skills - to which the learning unit is related to

CORE STEM SKILLS

Creative thinking - imagination, understanding space dimensions

Mathematical thinking: measuring ingredients (understanding proportions).

Scientific thinking: observing, predicting, drawing conclusions.

Learning how to learn: motivation and engagement, feelings of self-efficacy and independence

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Teamwork - cooperating, sharing ideas, taking responsibility for a common task;
Language competence;
Fine motor skills - Using technical tools and equipment

Teaching methodologies/activity outline

1. Introduction:
Questions:
Do you like waffles?
What can be the shape of a waffle?
What is needed to prepare waffles at home?

 

2. Preparing the waffle dough:
Take the powder ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and vanilla sugar. Mix carefully all the powder ingredients in a large bowl;
Then add eggs, olive oil and milk - whip up all the ingredients with a blender to achieve the smooth dough
Warm up the waffle iron. Pour the dough on waffle iron and smooth it on the surface carefully. Bake for 3 - 3 and a half minutes.
Attention: if you do not have a waffle iron, you can bake them on a frying pan following the instruction:
https://haps.pl/Haps/7,167251,25434698,jak-zrobic-gofry-bez-gofrownicy-to-banalnie-proste-przepis.html

 

3. Constructing waffle houses
Version 1.
Constructing the houses following independent imagination - using the freely chosen number of waffles and tooth-sticks. Freely chosen shapes can be cut out and linked. The construction can be decorated with whipped cream, fruits or food sprinkles.


Version 2. for younger children
Following the teacher’s instruction:
- Take 4 waffles to build the walls. In one of them cut out the rectangle resembling the doors. You can also cut out the windows..
- Connect the 4 walls with tooth sticks (trying to insert tooth sticks under different angles, to make the stick more or less visible)
- Put one waffle on the top of the construction placing it horizontally and connect it to the walls with tooth sticks
- Take 2 additional waffles and place them on the top of the construction, shaping the roof with a proper angle. Make sure that the roof is stable, and connect it to the building with tooth sticks.
- Cut out two small squares from another waffle. Then cut a 45-degrees bevel from one square and the place the element on a free chosen place on the roof (it should form a chimney)
- Decorate the construction with whipped cream, fruits or sprinkles

 

4. Summarizing the activity:
Presenting the waffle houses, preparing the exhibition, sharing the results with others. Discussing other possibilities of creating houses from waffles (What else can be used to connect the pieces - instead of tooth sticks). After presentation - serving and eating waffles houses.

 

Other activities related to the topic - suggestions:
- Reading activity - using waffles to create the witch house from fairy tale „Hansel and Gretel”
- Mathematical activity: measuring waffles, weighting ingredients. Questions: How to measure 1½ glass of plain flour, 1½ teaspoon of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of sugar powder, ½ glass of olive oil? Which of these ingredients is the heaviest? What is heavier - 1 glass of milk or 1 glass of milk? etc.
- Experiments related to preparing the waffles dough - research questions:
What would happen if we did not use flour? What do we use sugar and vanilla to prepare dough? Is it possible to bake waffles without eggs?
- Constructing the highest possible tower / skyscraper with waffles

Assessment of learning

Questions:
- What have you learned today?
- What skills did you practice today?
- What was the most difficult for you? And why?

Equipment and materials to be used in learning unit (tools, ingredients etc)

waffles (squares or rectangles) - prepared in a classroom or bought in the store, tooth-sticks, knife, cutting board;


Ingredients for preparing waffle dough:
- 1½ glass of plain flour
- 1½ teaspoon of baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons of sugar powder
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ glass of olive oil or melted butter
- 1⅓ glass of milk

Kind of setting

Kitchen or preschool classroom with kitchen equipment

References - source

https://giadzy.com/food/spin-on-a-gingerbread-house-giada/

Evaluation

Waffle houses - constructing challenge

1. Usefulness for STEM education - integrating content of different disciplines

Cross-curricular character of the resource 

 

The range of S-T-E-M subjects included 

 

The presentation of possibilities of including artistic activities (STEAM approach)

 

2. Expected learning outcomes

Consistency (links) with preschool core curriculum

 

Communicativeness of description

 

3. Methodology of teaching

Clarity, communicativeness of instructions for teachers

 

Meaningful learning - using practical life problems

 

Original idea 

 

The level of ease in implementing the methodology to preschool age children

 

The level of ease in preparing necessary ingredients, materials and equipment needed

 

4. Sustainability

Ecological characteristics of materials/ results

 

Supporting healthy eating habits 

 

 

Low ecological footprint

 

Possibilities of inclusion (respecting cultural diversity and food intolerances)

 

5. Class management

Using differentiated forms of work - individual, team work etc.

 

Individual work

 

 

 

 

Team work

 

 

 

 

Whole group

 

 

 

6. Time management

 

Short activity (10-15 minutes)

 

 

 

Medium activity (20-30 minutes)

 

 

 

Long activity (1 hour or more)

 

 

 

Very long activity (1 day or more)

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