- 1 1/2 c flour
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 t baking powder
- 3 T shortening
- 1/2 c hot tap water
Tortilla in a Bag
- Place flour, salt and baking powder in bag.
- Close bag, and shake
just a few shakes to mix.
- Add shortening and reclose the bag.
- Work bag with hands until
the mixture looks crumbly and there are no large pieces of shortening
- Open the bag, and add the hot tap water.
- Knead in the bag until
the dough is one large piece and the sides of the bag come clean.
the dough out of the bag, and divide into four pieces.
- Put the
pieces of dough on the table, and lay the bag on top of them.
Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
- After resting time, roll or pat
the dough into eight- to 10-inch circles.
- Place the circles on
a griddle or frying pan heated to medium or medium high.
until dark brown spots appear. Turn and cook on the other side
- While the dough is resting, give each student a round piece of paper,
approximately 10-in. diameter.
students 3 minutes to list as many “round” things as
they can. (Hopefully, tortilla will
be one of their words.) You will create a list, also.
three minutes, all students should stand up. As you read
your list of words, students must sit down if they have the same
word that you have.
- At the end of your list, students who are still
standing can each read one or two words from their lists.
students they have just classified a list of objects using the
characteristic (or property) “round.”
- Students can turn their paper
over, cut their paper into a square and repeat the activity for
the characteristic “square.”
Grades 3-5 P.A.S.S. Science
Process Standard 2 – Classify familiar objects by an observable
- Pkg of whole grain, flour tortillas
- Shredded white cheese
- Kitchen scissors
- Baking sheet
- Oven mitts
- Powdered garlic (optional)
- Fold the tortilla in half, then in half again.
- Help students cut out shapes and designs from the folded edges of the tortilla with the kitchen scissors. Cut through all the layers, trying not to tear the tortilla.
- Open the tortilla and place it flat on the baking sheet. It should resemble a snowflake design.
- Help students carefully sprinkle the shredded white cheese on the snowflake tortilla. Try to keep the cheese away from the holes. If desired, students may sprinkle garlic powder on top of the cheese.
- Place the baking sheet and snowflakes under the broiler in a toaster oven just until the cheese bubbles. This only takes a minute or two, so watch carefully.
- Use oven mitts to remove the baking sheet from the oven. Set aside and let cool for a few minutes.
- Once they are cool, remove the tortilla snowflakes from the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on a white plate. Then sprinkle more cheese on top of the snowflake tortilla to make it look like the tortilla is lying in snow.
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