Culture Studies (Ireland) and How-To Writing

First graders have recently begun studying cultures around the world. The first country we learned about was Ireland. We explored the Irish flag, Irish step dancing, and traditional Irish music and symbols. Finally, we explored a traditional food from Ireland: Irish soda bread. Students worked together to read the directions, measure ingredients, and mix them together. Then, Ms. Ursino baked the bread in the oven. Students even got to sample the bread, and it was a big hit! During our tasting, students who were interested in trying buttermilk (one of just four ingredients in Irish soda bread!) got a chance to try that, too. It wasn’t as well-liked as the bread!

After baking the bread, the students used their new expertise on bread-making to practice “how-to” writing. They wrote detailed steps about the process, and made sure to use transition words like “first”, “next”, “then” and “finally”. We look forward to sharing our “How to Make Irish Soda Bread” writing with you on Grandfriends’ Day!

Interested in making the bread at home? You can find the recipe we used here!

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