For Special Education Students, Making Pizza Encompasses a Range of Skills
The teachers at Westhampton Beach Learning Center recently used pizza making as a school-wide skills lesson to teach proficiency in multiple areas for students. Each classroom teacher received the basic ingredients (dough, sauce, cheese, toppings), taught a lesson, and helped their students to make a pizza pie. Westhampton Beach Learning Center is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES school that provides special education services to students with special needs.
Students learned about the standard ingredients that make up pizza, the optional toppings, and the order in which they are assembled. Teachers backed up their lesson with a worksheet and helped students to roll out dough, spoon on the sauce, and add cheese, seasonings, and toppings. The teachers cooked the pizza at school and served them in their classrooms. Preparing food involves important daily life skills for students with special needs, in addition to comprehending the progression of steps. Understanding the sequence of ingredients for putting together a pizza is key, as is following a recipe and classroom directions. Glenn Ewald, Special Education teacher, said, “This is a brilliant lesson that helped to reinforce skills we teach here in the classroom. Everyone loves pizza and wanted to get involved in making one.”