Fourth Graders travel back in time to the time before technology and other societal advancements... and develop an understanding for colonial life and its differences to modern day while focusing on our first president on his birthday!
Students will understand what it was like to live during the colonial era and what made each region unique to the people that inhabited it, while celebrating our first president: George Washington.
TN State Standards:
TNSS- 4.03, 4.04, 4.05, 4.06, 4.09, 4.10, 4.15
By cooking up Washington’s favorite birthday dishes, I can collect information about Washington’s legacy.
I can develop a logical argument to prove why we celebrate and remember the presidency of George Washington.
I can collect information and identify the different ways George Washington contributed to the U.S.
I can summarize and construct a well written explanation to explain why George Washington was a president with a legacy and how the country moved forward without him.
By intertwining classical and modern cooking techniques within our everyday lessons, students will develop a stronger understanding about the challenges living in the past had on the people compared to modern times.
Notes:Washington's service to his country and high esteem among his countrymen prompted many to honor and celebrate his birthday while he was still alive. Some still chose to celebrate on the 11th, while others chose to celebrate on the 22nd.February 22 was observed as a federal public holiday until 1971, when President Richard Nixon declared a single holiday to be called Presidents' Day that would be observed on the third Monday in February in order to honor all past presidents.
Students will connect, compare, and contrast the foods eaten during the colonial celebrations during modern day celebrations. Students will identify and practice real-world skills that are required during the cooking process.
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contributions: the way a person or thing brings about a result or helping something move forward.
legacy: the stories, beliefs, and actions of a person that lives on past their time.
significant: something important and memorable
Launch: Overarching Question
How Did George Washington Contribute to the Constitution of the United States?
Hearty and dense, my homemade Boston Brown Bread features hazelnuts for a delightfully nutty taste.
(Makes 2 loaves)
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup molasses
1 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1. In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk and molasses. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins and nuts. Transfer to 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans.
2. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Mini Cherry Pies
A delicious mini version of your favorite cherry pie! (Makes about 12 pies)
Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 12 muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
Roll out a single pie crust on a flat surface. Using a round cookie cutter or small bowl, cut out circles of pie dough. Press the dough circle into the bottom of a muffin tin. Repeat with remaining dough to fill all 12 muffin tins.
Fill each pie with about 1 Tablespoon of cherry pie filling. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden.
Remove and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Then very carefully use a knife to loosen the edges of each pie and gently lift each pie out. Top with whipped topping and enjoy!
Quick and Easy Cherry Pie Bars
These simple cherry pie bars have all the flavor of cherry pie without all the hard work. (Makes about 12 small bars)