Activities for The Donut Chef
I discovered a new book at the library the other day. I was actually looking for another book by author, Bob Staake (LOVE his books!), and came across, The Donut Chef, instead. The minute I saw the book, I knew I had to take it home to read to my boys. While reading it to my eldest, my mind was spinning with ideas! So, the very next day, I set aside my plans for my first graders, read the book to them and followed the reading with some super fun activities.
(Note: This book is available for sale through BMTM bookstore, click the image below to take you there.)
First we talked about donuts. We shared our favorite kinds. We graphed our findings. Then I asked the students to create their own paper donuts. I even made a paper donut box to house the donuts for our next activity.
Dozen, Half Dozen and Baker’s Dozen
After all the donuts were completed, each student shared his/her creation with the class. Then we talked about the concept of a dozen (12), a half dozen (6) and a Baker’s Dozen (13). We took some time to create dozens, half dozens and Baker’s Dozen with our paper donuts.
I then shared a bit about fractions with the kids. This was way above their heads at this point, but with older students, it would be a wonderful way to explore fractions. For example students could determine the answers to the following questions and record them on the paper below.
What fraction of the donuts have sprinkles?
What fraction of the donuts are round? Long?
What fraction of the donut are chocolate? Old fashioned? etc
After we had finished with the math portion of this activity, I share an observation with the class. I told them that I noticed when they describe how something tastes (in this case the donuts), they used words like “good.” We talked about how the word “good” really doesn’t tell another person how something tastes. So, we brainstormed a list of better words. We even got out the good old-fashioned thesaurus and had a quick lesson about what it is for and how to use it. The list we came up with was:
I then had the children glue their donut to a piece of paper and write a sentence about how their donut tastes using a more descriptive word. Below are some student samples.
We ended here. I’d say the kids loved it. I loved teaching it. Will definitely be doing it again next year. 🙂
- Write a descriptive paragraph about the donut they created or their favorite type.
- Do a donut glyph.
- Plan, draw and describe your own donut shop.
- Create a donut shop menu.
- Graph donut favorites
The activities for The Donut Chef are available for purchase. Click the following link for details.
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