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Pancake Day

Language Arts Lesson
for Pancake Day

The students will write recipes for pancakes and place the recipes in alphabetical order.


  • Pancake Recipe Worksheet

  • A sample pancake recipe -  

    1 1/2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    2 eggs
    3 tablespoons melted butter
    1 cup milk

    1.Combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl.
    2. Add the eggs, butter, and milk.
    3. Mix the ingredients.
    4. Cook the batter in a hot pan.



  1. Share the pancake recipe with the class by writing it on the chalkboard or chart paper.  For younger students, you may want to write the sample recipe on the Recipe Worksheet before copying it.  Therefore, the students will only have to write the name of their recipe and the added ingredient.

  2. Have a discussion on the components of a recipe - ingredients, steps to follow, etc.

  3. Have the students copy the basic recipe onto their Recipe Worksheets and add in any special ingredients they would like in their pancakes.  Allow them to be as creative as they would like to be.  An important step will be to give a name to their pancake recipe.  For example, "Chocolate Chip Pancakes", "Bubble Gum Pancakes", "Peanut Butter Pancakes", etc.

  4. Once the recipes are complete, list the titles of the recipes on chart paper or the chalkboard.  Depending on the level of the students, either work together as a class or individually to put the recipe names in alphabetical order.  

  5. If desired, compile the recipes with a Table of Contents into a class Pancake Recipe Book.


Other Lesson Ideas

  1. Read and compare the two books Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle and Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola.  Use the Pancake Books Worksheet.

  2. Have the students write words to accompany the book Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola.

  3. Have a lesson on adding -ing to short vowel words.  Use flip - flipping as a starting point.

  4. Have a compound word lesson using pancake as an example.

  5. Explore collective nouns for groups of food.  For example, stack of pancakes, batch of cookies, bushel of apples, etc.  Incorporate Ruth Heller's book A Cache of Jewels.

  6. Read If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff .  Discuss cause and effect.  The students may make their own stories following the theme If You Give a _________ a _______.



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