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Give a Cookie
Lesson 3
Academic Standards
Philanthropy Framework


Introduces the idea of sharing in a situation where there is a scarcity of resources. Increases listening comprehension and the use of critical thinking skills.


One Thirty-Minute Class Period


The learner will:

  • note and explain details from the pictures.

  • count items and estimate numbers.

  • recall repetitive phrases.

  • share a limited amount of resources (objects).


  • Copy of the book The Doorbell Rang (see Bibliographic References).

  • Manipulatives

  • A simple microwave cookie recipe with necessary ingredients


The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins, is the story of children sharing a plate of cookies. Mom is doing chores and each time the doorbell rings more of the children's friends have come to visit. Mom states after each group arrives, "You can share the cookies." The story tells of the problems and solutions as the group grows ever larger.

Instructional Procedure(s):

    Anticipatory Set:

    Ask children how we could share a package of cookies with the whole class? Can we get more than one? Ask children how we could share three cookies with the whole class. Would we get a whole one? Introduce the story.

  • Hold up the cover of the book The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. Activate prior knowledge by asking children to describe what they see.

  • Read the book to the class using a finger to run under the line being read and to point to key pictures. Ask the students to note the details and discuss why there might be a difference in what the mom and the children are doing.

  • During rereading have the students join in with the repetitive phrases.

  • Math connection: In unison, have the class count the number of children on each page. Ask students to predict how many more will appear each time the doorbell rings.

  • Give a preset amount of manipulatives to a select number of students for them to divide equally. Repeat and change the number of students, but use the same number of manipulatives

  • Science connection: Sort ingredients to use for cookies. Ask what kind of cookies we will have when we are finished. Measure the ingredients and take turns mixing. Discuss states of matter before each step and at conclusion of baking.

  • When cookies are finished, students need to divide them up equally in their class and for the other class.


  • Students will note details and are able to explain reasons for differences as the story proceeds.
  • Students will correctly count the children in the story.
  • Students will correctly apportion manipulatives and cookies.
  • Students can name different stages in the preparation of cookies.
  • Students identify the application of energy (heat) as the change agent for cookie ingredients.

Curriculum Connection:

Economics: Learn about the concept of scarcity.

Math: Have students share preset quantities of manipulatives equally. Count the number of children involved.

Science: Measure, mix, and make cookies.

Bibliographical References:

  • Hutchins, Pat. The Doorbell Rang. Mulberry Books (Paperback), 1989.
    ISBN: 0688092349.

  • Hutchins, Pat. The Doorbell Rang. Greenwillow (Hardcover), 1986.
    ISBN: 0688052517.

Lesson Developed By:

Pamela McIntosh
Detroit Public Schools
Woodward Elementary School
Detroit, MI 48208


Philanthropy Framework:


Viveca, Teacher Albion, MI10/13/2007 6:56:17 PM

(The positive aspect of using this lesson was) it was fun to figure out what way to divide the cookies. This is a good math lesson.

Amy, Teacher Albion, MI10/13/2007 7:01:13 PM

(The positive aspect of using this lesson was) learning to share.

Teri, Teacher Saginaw, MI10/13/2007 7:03:22 PM

(The positive aspects of using this lesson were) students recognized the repetition on what was going to happen. They were able to sumarize. Students learned the concept of scarcity.

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