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The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza ~ Philemon Sturges

Let's Make Pizza ~ Nancy Parent

Pizza Pat (Step Into Reading book) ~ Rita G. Gelman

Pizza for Sam (Kids Can Read book) ~ Mary Labatt

Huggly's Pizza (with cassette) ~ Tedd Arnold

How Pizza Came to Queens ~ Dayal Kaur Khalsa

Pizza All Around ~ Dorothy R. Colgan

Little Nino's Pizzaria ~ Karen Barbours

Hi, Pizza Man! ~ Virginia Walter

Curious George and the Pizza ~ Margaret Rey

Pizza Party ~ Grace Maccarone

Sam's Pizza

Pete's a Pizza

Pizza Soup


A good starter story for this unit is The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.  However, before reading this book to the students, if you haven't already, read The Little Red Hen.  Then read them The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.  See if they make the connection between the two books on their own.  Then you can compare/contrast the books (may take several rereadings before they're able to do this successfully). 



This last time when doing this unit, I only got to spend the last 3 days of school on it because of unexpected situations.  So after reading The Little Red Hen, then The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza, we spent our time making Kim's Perfect Pizza book.  It turned out sooooo cute!  But it is time intensive and messy.  But if you're going to do this unit with Ks, you've GOT to make this book! :)  It's precious! 



This is my copy of the book where I showed them how to complete each step.  They all took their copies home in their Book Box the last day of school.  Kim's instructions are to cut crusts from manila paper, but I decided to do all this with paint.  And instead of gluing the pizzas to each page, I made a template for the book on the computer, then printed and copied it.  So the kids actually made the pizzas on each page of the book.  (LOTS of papers EVERYWHERE and we had less than 5 kids that showed up for class.)  Because of the amount of papers everywhere, they put their initial on the back of each page.  We mostly put them to dry on the floor, so I gave our cleaning lady the day off that day! :)


I mixed the paint for each stage.  The crust was yellow with a little brown.  The sauce was red with a little brown.  The cheese is yellow and white construction paper run through the shredder.  The pepperoni was cut using the Ellison machine.  Each student got 5 per page.  The anchovies pattern I made on the computer and copied onto white construction paper.  They colored them gray and cut them out and glued them to the red construction paper "boingers."  Each student got 3 anchovies.  The pages will "pucker" a little because of the paint, but you'd have similar problems if you glued each pizza on.  And my last page is a little more wrinkled than it should be because one of my darling Ks stepped on it! :)


The first day we painted the crusts on each page.  The second day we painted the sauce on each page and then added the cheese by mixing glue in with our left over red paint and painted it onto the sauce.  Then we piled the cheese on the wet glue.  The next day we shook off the extra cheese from each page and added the anchovies to the last page.  When all was dry, I stapled their pages together.


I have not put my own book together yet (so I could scan in the pages), but I'm seriously considering removing the boingers from the last page and running the pages through the laminator.  Then I'll hot glue the boingers back onto the last page.  This will keep my pepperoni and cheese from falling off over the years and I can even add the book to the Reading Center.  Hmmm .. with that in mind, I think I'll back the pages onto red and green construction paper before I do that.  That will make the pages sturdier and last longer.  Wished I'd copied it onto cardstock instead of regular white paper.  You know what they say about hind-sight!!!! :)


**All creative genius for this book goes to Kim. **


Sequencing:  If you made the same pictures from the book above on 5x7 index cards and laminated them, you'd have matching sequencing cards to go along with the book. 


Puzzle:  The Mailbox Companion had a reproducible for a colored pizza.  I printed it onto "paper" used for printing business cards and had it laminated.  Now all I've got to do is trim around the pizza and cut the "business cards" apart on the perforated lines to have a neat little pizza puzzle.  (Tip: Cut apart by using the guidelines ON THE BACK of the picture .. it's easier than trying to cut on the front) I also printed another one on a sheet of cardstock and had it laminated so that they'd have a picture to look at if needed when putting the puzzle together.  You could do the same thing if you had a really good colored clipart of a whole pizza.  Store in a small pizza box if available.


Pizza Bingo: Program construction paper slices of pizza with letters, sounds, sight words, etc.  Then use them to play Pizza Bingo.  For markers, use red circles cut from construction paper as pepperoni.


Be sure to make a Song Chart for the song above and point to letters and words as you sing.  Not only might your students learn to spell "pizza", it will also reinforce the letter identification for "p, i, z" and "a".


Fractions: Of course use real frozen pizzas to reinforce or introduce the concept of whole and fractions  1/2, 1/4, etc.  Afterwards, you can eat the manipulatives. :)  Use clipart to create manipulatives on cardstock for the students to use for exploration.  Copy whole pizza clipart onto cardstock, color and laminate.  Then leave one pizza whole, cut one pizza in half, cut another pizza into thirds, another into fourths, etc.  You can also program 3x5 index cards with the matching fraction and laminate.  The students can match the correct fraction to the correct pizza.


Aromatic Art:  Have students cut circles from tan construction paper then paint inside the circle red, leaving about a 1 inch strip around the outside of the circle unpainted for the crust.  While the paint is still wet (and it needs to be a little thick), have them sprinkle on garlic, oregano, basil, dried onion flakes, and parsley.  Top this with short strands of yellow/white yarn (cheese), and pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives cut from construction paper (you'll need to glue these things on).  Allow to dry before moving.


Sorting: Using different clipart pictures of whole pizzas; print onto cardstock and laminate.  Cut each pizza into fourths or whatever is appropriate for your class.  Place all cut pieces into a pizza box or a ziploc bag.  Students sort the pizza slices into groups according to the type of pizza.  They can also put the pizza pieces together as a sort of puzzle as they work if desired.


Cooking: Provide each student with an English muffin.  Have them add pizza sauce, grated cheese and other toppings (pepperoni, black olives, chopped onions, cooked sausage/hamburger meat, mushrooms, anchovies).  Bake in toaster oven until cheese is bubbly.


Pizza crusts can also be made using flattened canned biscuits (one per student).


Pizza Chant

Piz-za, piz-za.  Let's have piz-za!

Let's have piz-za with cheese on top!


Piz-za, piz-za.  Let's have piz-za!

(Name) wants piz-za with (topping) on top!

~ Author Unknown


Pizza Song

(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)


Pizza, pizza, it's a treat.

Pizza, pizza, it's fun to eat.

Ooey-gooey cheese so yummy.

Crunchy crust goes in my tummy.

Pizza, pizza, it's a treat.

Pizza, pizza, is fun to eat!

~ Author Unknown


Fine Motor: Put out brown, red, yellow, and green playdough along with a small rolling pin.  Let students use them to create their own pizzas.



* Do you like pizza?

* What's your favorite pizza topping?

* Do you like your pizza hot or cold?

* What's your favorite pizza place: Domino's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, CeCe's?

* What's your favorite pizza: Delivery, Frozen, Homemade?

* Which do you like best: traditional pizza, dessert pizza?

* What's your favorite dessert pizza?

* Would you rather dine in, carry out, or have delivery?

* How many pieces of pizza can you eat?

* What size pizza does your family order: small, medium, large, more than one?

* Do you eat pizza with your hands, with a fork, or both?

* Have you ever helped to make a pizza?

* Have you ever seen someone twirl a pizza?

* Would you like to try and twirl pizza dough?

* Do you think you could twirl pizza dough?

* When you grow up, would you like to work in a pizza parlor?


A Pizza

(tune: A Tisket, A Tasket)


A pizza, a pizza,

I'll make a yummy pizza.

With lots of cheese and peppers too,

I'll make a pizza just for you!

~ Author Unknown


* you can change the toppings for additional verses.


Sand Table:  Replace your sand with flour and add various kitchen utensils: funnel, wooden spoons, measuring cups, spatulas, sifter, bowls


Drama:  Turn your Housekeeping Center into a pizza parlor!  You can add playdough for creating pizzas or felt pieces stored in pizza boxes (use small, medium, and large for reinforcing sequencing).  Make sure you have a rolling pin, aluminum pizza pans, a white apron and chef's hat, red & white checked tablecloth, empty oregano, garlic and tomato or pizza sauce containers, and possibly a plastic pizza cutter.  A wooden cutting board with a handle makes a great addition to the pizza parlor for use in placing the pizzas into the oven!  And don't forget the pad, pencil and phone for taking orders!


How To Make a Pizza:  Before beginning your unit, have students dictate or write the steps for making a pizza.  Have them illustrate the page, then combine the pages together for a class book. 


This activity could also be used as an evaluation tool at the end of a unit to see how well the students learned the sequential steps for making a pizza and what kind of vocabulary they use in their telling/writing.


Pizza Pie

Pizza pie hot,

Pizza pie cold.

Pizza pie in the box,

Nine days old.


Some like it hot.

Some like it cold.

Some like it in the box,

Nine days old!

~ Author Unknown


Five Little Children

Five little children all in a row,ordered a pizza in a box to go.

The first one said, "Pepperoni tastes so fine."

The second one said, "I want mushroom on mine."

The third one said, "I want peppers that are hot."

The fourth one said, "I want cheese ... a lot!"

The fifth one said, "Be sure to add some spice."

And they all had a pizza that tasted mighty nice!

~ Author Unknown


Rub-A-Dub-Dub ... sort of!


Three men in a tub.

Went sailing out to sea.

The chef, the baker, and the pizza maker,

Especially fine cooks all three!

~ Author Unknown


Oh, I Wish I Were a Pepperoni Pizza

(tune: Oh, I Wish I Were An Oscar Meyer Weiner)


Oh, I wish I were a pepperoni pizza.

That is what I'd truly like to be.

'Cause if I were a pepperoni pizza,

Everyone would be in love with me!




Oh, I wish I were a pepperoni pizza.

That is what I'd truly like to be.

But if I were a pepperoni pizza,

There would soon be nothing left of me!

~ Author Unknown


* for additional verses, change the topping of the pizza


Pizza Treat

(tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low?)


It is round and made of dough,

Topped with sauce and cheese just so.

It's a big round treat,

Filled with vegetables and meat.

It's a pizza cooked just right.

Are you ready? Have a bite! (bite into pretend pizza)

It's a pizza treat!

~ Author Unknown


The Customer Orders the Food

(tune: The Farmer in the Dell)


The customer orders the food,

The customer orders the food.

It happens in a restaurant,

The customer orders the food.


The server tells the cook ...

The cook/chef prepares the food ...

The server brings it out ...

The customer eats the food ..

The customer pays the cashier ...

The cashier takes the money ...

The busser cleans the table ...

~ Author Unknown


* you can change the word "food" for "pizza"


Italy: This unit can incorporate or lead into a study of Italy.


Vegetable Art:  Use real vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, bell peppers (cut vertically) to make prints to decorate pizzas.


Bubble Pizza:  (This is not one of my favorites. :(   ) 

2 cans refrigerator biscuits (otherwise known as canned or "whop" biscuits! :) )

1 jar of pizza sauce


other toppings


Tear biscuits into pieces and place in a large bowl.  Pour pizza sauce over biscuits and add cheese and toppings.  Stir.  Pour into greased 9x13" pan.  Top with mozzarella cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees about 25 - 30 minutes.


Chocolate Chip Pizza:

Use two tubes of chocolate chip cookie dough and spread evenly on a pizza pan.  Bake according to directions on cookie dough tube.  Let cool, then decorate with tubed chocolate or vanilla icing if desired.


Dessert Pizza:

Make crust using packaged pizza dough crust.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, then add desired fruit toppings such as strawberries, pineapple, etc.  Bake at 350 degrees until done.


Making Words:  Use the letters from Mama Mia's Pizzeria (or something similar) and have students use them to create new words.  For ex.: am, pizza, I, a, rip, zip, I'm, pie, map, pear, ear, zap, reap, ream, rap



Teacher's Helper  Oct/Nov 2003 (subtraction pages to 10)

The Mailbox  Kindergarten  Oct/Nov 2000 (Pizza, Please! unit)

"I Am a Pizza" by Charlotte Diamond on 10 Carrot Diamond CD

Pizza Gameboard - The Mailbox  K-1  Oct/Nov 2005



Pizza Theme Day


Pizza Snacks


Rhythm Pizza




Pizza Theme Day


Pizza Theme Week


Pizza Counting (printable)


Props for Dr. Jean's song Pepperoni Pizza


Pizza Theme


Pizza Love (song)


Pizza Coloring Page


Pizza Dough Steps


Make a Pizza  Game (online)


Making Pizza - Reading A to Z Level E reader (membership required)


Oodles of Foodles


Pizza Party (Math lesson gr. 2 - 3)











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