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Order, order ~ Following instructions to make a jam sandwich

Jun 24, 2020 | Piwakawaka - Year 1 Blog

In Literacy this week, we have been looking at the importance of giving accurate instructions. We began by watching a short video; ,  that the children found very funny, because instructions written by two children for their dad to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, where not completely accurate. We began to explore the need to give instructions in a specific order while also using clear, accurate language. Next we looked at a jumbled up recipe to make a jam sandwich. Together we read a line at a time and began to sequence the instructions, beginning with the ‘Title’, followed by the ‘ingredients’ and lastly the ‘method’. The method was the interesting part as we needed to make sure we didn’t put the bread together before we had spread it with the butter and then the jam. All the children were able to discuss the correct order and say why each instruction followed on from the next. Today, we got to follow the recipe as we made our own jam sandwiches. The children carefully observed each step and quickly self corrected themselves if they ‘almost’ made a small error. We had the most wonderful discussions during this time. The children talked about the smell of each ingredient, especially the jam, and decided that it must be made of strawberries, raspberries and red apples. They then spoke about the taste; if it was sweet, savoury, sour or bitter. They unanimously agreed the bread was savoury but the jam was sweet.

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