Give a Cookie
  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 03. Philanthropy and Economics
      1. Benchmark E.13 Describe limited resources and scarcity.

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.

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

    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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.