Hoover Elementary Students Learn Life Lessons Baking Bread

Hoover Elementary Students Learn Life Lessons Baking Bread
Posted on 04/13/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Hoover Elementary Students Learn Life Lessons Baking Bread In an effort to build community and learn about foods from different cultures and regions, Team Imagine students at Hoover Elementary have been busy baking bread.
“Bread says a lot about a culture and the people that live in that area,” explains teacher Ms. Helena Taylor. “It is also a unique way for students to collaborate in a highly engaging activity.”
The project started as a way to foster classroom community together during distance learning. At that time, students were baking at home on ZOOM and in class.
“I purchased five five bread machines and the ingredients for a basic white loaf.  Everyone baked a loaf of bread and we’ve baked every week since!   We’ve tried a variety of recipes like naan, flatbread, banana bread, cinnamon raisin, and blueberry muffins,” explains Taylor.

“As we sample new breads and baked goods, this project continues to grow and change with other units we study. We made Cinnamon Bread from Dollywood (Tennessee), Mrs. Field’s Cookies (Broomfield, Colorado) and Gooey Butter Cake (St. Louis, MO).  Now, learners are creating tutorials and teaching other students how to bake bread!”
“We will be baking our 200th loaf sometime at the end of the month. We have interviewed local West Allis bakers from the Bread Pedalers and have a Zoom ‘bake along’ set up for mid-May with the East coast-based Challah Back Girls,” adds Taylor.
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