November is a great time to teach about community, working together and being thankful. For this week’s literacy snack idea, we’re reading Stone Soup, by Jon J Muth.
“Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight. That is until the clever strangers suggest making a soup from stones. Intrigued by the idea, everyone brings what they have until– together, they have made a feast fit for a king!”
Most students can relate to the feast the people are having in the story this time of year. Family members bringing dishes to come together for Thanksgiving.
So for our snack this week, we’re making our own stone soup.
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There are a couple different ways that you could make the soup. You can ask your students to each bring in a different item to help make the soup, or you can just pick up the ingredients on your own which is what I did today. Depending on which version of Stone Soup you are reading, you may want to change up the ingredients a bit.
In our soup, we used
a bag of frozen peas
a bag of shredded cabbage
a box of vegetable broth
2 cups of water
half of an onion diced
3 carrots chopped
a stone that you have cleaned thoroughly
bowls & spoons for tasting
Have a student carefully place the clean stone in a crockpot to start the soup. Have the other students help combine all of the other ingredients in a crockpot and set on high for 4 hours.
When the soup is done, it’s time for tasting! Ladle a bit of soup into a bowl for each student to try.
While they are tasting their stone soup the class has made together, I made a free printable for them to work on alongside it. They get to color the pictures of the items that the class added to make the stone soup.
You can download the Literacy Snack Idea Stone Soup free printable from my teacherspayteachers store below.
This is such a fun activity with everyone coming together in the class to create something to share!
We’ll see you next time!
S. Fernandes says
I am really excited to use this Stone Soup printable – thank-you so much for sharing it!!! (I’m writing from near Toronto, Canada where we are in our 3rd lockdown. I’ve been homeschooling my 3 sons, ages 9, 6 and 4 for about a year now, due to the pandemic and am new to all these wonderful ideas). We’ve just started a rock unit and this is the perfect story idea. Thanks again for this fun and creative resource!