Prior Knowledge: Reread the books, The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends (images below). What a wonderful way to integrate literacy across the curriculum.
Prior to the lesson, discuss safe food handling practices, hand-washing and safe kitchen practices. Discuss procedures and management. What will students do when their job is complete? What is the acceptable noise level in the classroom or Home Economics room?
Today the students will learn about and use the measurement tools, cups and teaspoons.
Show the students liquid and solid measuring cups. Tell them the difference between a liquid and a solid measuring cup. We measure liquids in the liquid cup and solids in the solid cup. Show the ingredients, brown sugar, shortening, molasses, water, and flour and let the students help to separate the liquid ingredients from the solid ingredients. Discuss and model the term, "packed". Discuss how an ingredient must be level before putting it into the mixing bowl and model. Show the students how to "read" and measure using a liquid cup and a solid cup. Discuss accuracy. Show the students a set of measuring spoons and discuss sizes.
The cookies can be prepared in the morning (the dough chills for 2 hours) and baked and decorated in the afternoon. Follow the directions for baking gingerbread cookies below.
Note- for a younger class the teacher can prepare and bake the cookies ahead of time and bring the cookies to class for the students to ice them. The measurement lesson would then be only how to prepare the icing.