Grade Level: Elementary/Middle
Cross-Curricular Focus: Math (Fractions) and Physical Education
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes
- Google Slides presentation
- Projector or screen
- Internet connection for videos
- Whiteboard or chalkboard
- Markers and erasers
- Pizza slice images for fraction activity
- Music for the “Pizza Dance”
- Students will learn about the process of making pizza.
- Students will engage in a physical warm-up with the “PE Chef Pizza Workout 3” video.
- Students will explore the concept of fractions using pizza as a visual aid.
- Students will develop an understanding of numerators and denominators.
- Students will enhance their reading comprehension skills through a pizza-themed read-aloud story.
- Students will participate in a fun and active “Pizza Dance.”
- Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin by asking students what their favorite food is. Introduce the topic of today’s lesson: pizza.
- Video: How Pizza is Made (10 minutes):
- Show a short video that explains the process of making pizza, including dough preparation, sauce, toppings, and baking.
- Warm-Up Activity: PE Chef Pizza Workout 3 (7 minutes):
- Start the “PE Chef Pizza Workout 3” video. Encourage students to follow along with the exercises, which include pizza-themed movements like stretching dough and tossing toppings.
- Fraction Lesson Using Pizza (15 minutes):
- Present a Google Slide with images of pizza slices.
- Explain the concept of fractions, emphasizing the terms “numerator” and “denominator.”
- Use the pizza slices to visually represent fractions. For example, if you have 8 slices and 3 are pepperoni, the fraction is 3/8. Write this on the board.
- Engage students by asking them to identify and create their own pizza fractions.
- Read-Aloud Story: “Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party” (10 minutes):
- Read a pizza-themed story, such as “Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party,” emphasizing the use of fractions in the story.
- Pizza Dance Activity (10 minutes):
- Play fun, upbeat music and teach students a simple pizza-themed dance routine. Encourage them to dance freely while incorporating pizza-inspired moves, such as pretending to toss dough or sprinkle cheese.
- Closing (3 minutes):
- Summarize the main points of the lesson, emphasizing the connection between fractions and pizza.
- Ask students if they enjoyed the lesson and what they learned about pizza and fractions.
- Homework (optional):
- Assign a pizza-themed math worksheet or a creative writing assignment about their own pizza party.
- Observe students’ participation during the fraction activity and the pizza dance.
- Review any completed fraction worksheets or assignments for understanding.
- Encourage students to create their own pizza recipes with fractions.
- Explore the history of pizza and its cultural significance in a social studies extension.
Note: Ensure that any physical activities are suitable for the fitness levels of your students, and provide modifications as needed.