Autumn at Driver Middle School would not be complete without Suzanne Alexander and Jeanine Snyder's fourth grade classroom pie baking experience. This year's project took place on Oct. 4 in the DMS Home Economics Classroom.
This hands-on learning event involved students and parent volunteers in all aspects of the pie making process. The activity contained elements of math, science, social studies, health, and English languages arts curriculum. Below are stories written by two of Alexanders and Snyder's fourth grade student writers:
The Big Day
By Riley LaFrance
I leaped out of bed and ran as fast as I could down the stairs to the kitchen to see my dad pouring my cereal. "What's the big rush?" he asked. "We are making apple pies today at school!" I gobbled down my breakfast and ran to the bus. I hopped on and took a seat. When I arrived at Marcellus Driver Middle School on October 4, I hung up my backpack and sat at my seat and waited for the directions for today's big event.
My friends and I lined up. We walked down the hall and I saw the Home Economics room and I smiled. When we got there, Ms. Alexander told us where to sit. First, we were told to peel the apples and put them in a bowl. Next, we chopped them up and added cinnamon and sugar. Finally, we put them in the oven and waited. When it was time to eat the pies, the room was filled with a delicious smell. At last, we could eat warm, mouth watering pies.
P.S. - They were the best pies I ever tasted.
The Smell I Never Smelled Before
By Sami Tone
=On October 4, 2010, right when I heard my alarm go off at 7:00 a.m., I jumped out of my bed and went tumbling to the kitchen. I ran so fast I kept falling and tripping! I sat down and ate my Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal so fast that I was choking. I got ready for school as fast as I could. I rode the bus and was so excited it felt like I was riding in an ice cream truck. I arrived at Driver Middle School. I was walking through the hallways, but I felt like I would scream if I could not run, but I stayed calm. I went to my fourth grade class room, room 185, Mrs. Snyder and Ms. Alexander and all of the other parents were there. Before you knew it, we were off to the Home Economics room. Ms. Alexander explained the directions and soon we were off making apple pies. First we washed the apples, after that, we cut up the apples then smashed the apples with our hands. Our hands felt wet and sticky but smelled like fresh cut apples from branches hanging up above us. After that, we added sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg one by one. Then we mixed everything together. It looked marvelous. Next we turned on the oven to 450 degrees. After that we took a bowl, put the crust in the bowl and then put all of the apples in the crust. We covered the apples with another crust and then we squeezed the two crusts together. Then it was off to the steaming hot oven. We waited for about 15 to 20 minutes, then opened the oven and when we took the pie out, it was golden brown and crispy. The smell of the apple pie was incredible. The best part was eating the pie, the part I've been waiting for, mmm, mmm, good. It tasted fantastic! My life just got better!