Where Did Pizza Come From?
Begin the lesson with a riddle.
I was first discovered in Naples Italy.
I am chewy and hot and kids like me a lot.
You roll me out of dough, don’t you know.
You can put any toppings you want on me.
What am I?
Some suggested answers could be:
After allowing the students to guess pizza, show them world map and ask a volunteer to find Italy. Point out that Italy is a peninsula because it is a piece of land almost entirely surrounded by water and connected to a larger piece of land.
Explain that pizza first originated in Naples, Italy in the early 1889 when a baker tried to make a food using the same colors as the Italian flag. The flag is red, white and green. If possible, show students a picture of the flag.
The baker used red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese and green basil leaves and that is how pizza was first created. The word pizza means “pie" in Italian. Today pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. Ask children what their favorite kind of pizza is. Read "Little Nino's Pizzeria," by Karen Barbour.