Sunday, June 16, 2024

Making A Sandwich

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11
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I’ve used this one in literacy hour for writing instructions, but it can be used across the board to get children to think carefully about logical sequences.

I have used it with reception children, but I think it would work throughout primary years.

  • Ask the class for help with making a sandwich. (Any kind of sandwich, bearing in mind that too complicated a filling will result in loads of mess)!
  • Have all the ingredients ready and ask the class what to do.
  • Do EXACTLY what they tell you, i.e. “Put the butter on the bread.” Put the unopened butter on the unopened bread.
  • Obviously, the children will realise that they need to give clearer instructions.
  • Keep going until finished.

Word of warning — the lesson can become raucous and messy – but it is great fun. This sort of lesson really appeals to early years children’s sense of humour.

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