Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ice Cream Sundaes

My class earned an ice cream party so I turned it into a fun writing activity.   And that fun writing activity turned into a huge editing/descriptive writing lesson.  They had to list their ingredients (maximum of 6) and then write out the recipe.  But it wasn't that simple.  Another student was going to be reading their recipe and creating the ice cream sundae for them.  I modeled writing my own recipe and the kids wrote theirs.  Then I called the kids up in pairs, they swapped recipes, and the sundae building began!

I made picture cards of the ingredients available to them.

I printed off a recipe card for each child:


Reading another student's writing. . ."Hmmm. . .THAT's why
she's always talking about perfect printing."

the joys of spraying whipped cream from a can

and a cherry on top

Only one child forgot to add ice cream to his recipe. . .fortunately he thought it was funny and knew there was an easy fix.


  1. HA! Love it! Maybe this will get some kids I know to write lol

  2. I love the idea of switching recipes. I have reward parties all the time and do other activities with the rewards and they do not realize they are learning. This idea will be going into my teacher idea toolbox. Thank you for sharing. This is awesome.