Where Does Bread Come From?
The Grain Chain is an industry sponsored website which provides educational materials about wheat and bread, milling and baking.
As it is an industry sponsored site it provides a fairly conventional / industrial view of bread production, but it gives loads of really good information about wheat and bread and some well thought out activities to do with children, including making their own bread. Use your discretion to find the appropriate parts for your children.
There is a section on the site for lesson plans for 5-7 year olds, which has three types of lessons. One section is about where bread comes from, and covers the way wheat is taken from seed to table, it also includes items on how bread was historically milled by windmill and how wind power works.
The section contains four lesson plans as well as back up materials which include some pdf activity sheets, a very simple online game to sequence making bread (4 items to drag and drop) and a recipe for children to make their own bread.
The section contains the following lessons:
Lesson 1 - From Wheat Seed To Table - includes discussion and printable pdf sequencing activity
Lesson 2 - The Grain Chain - covers milling by windmill and a make-your-own-windmill activity. Uses an interactive whiteboard resource.
Lesson 3 - Bread In All Different Shapes And Sizes - encouraging children to look at, smell, draw, touch and taste different types of bread.
Lesson 4 - Bread In All Different Shapes And Sizes 2 - a physical session getting children to role play a baker's shop, mime different types of baked products, and a game using mimes to make and describe sandwiches.
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