Cooking with Visual Recipes Life Skills Special Education Activities Mini Pizzas

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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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My students loved this activity. I used it for a group cooking activity. They were all engaged in all the activities with this resource. Thank you so much for this resource!
This is a wonderful resource to use with students who need basic steps to make small snacks. My students did well with this resource.


Try out this fun and engaging cooking lesson with your life skills or special education class (suitable for in person or distance learning). This cooking activity includes everything you will need to teach an entire unit about cooking with visual recipes.

Not only will your students love learning how to cook, they will also learn valuable skills such as language and communication, reading, and math. With lesson plans for previewing the lesson, visual recipes for cooking the pizzas, and evaluating learning, this unit has everything you need to cook English Muffin Pizzas (with a toaster oven or regular oven) in the classroom or at home.

Life skills special education activities included:

  • Lesson Plan for Previewing / Pre Teaching Cooking Activity
  • Lesson Plan for Cooking Activity
  • Lesson Plan for Reviewing Activity
  • Evaluation Plan for Taking Data
  • Communication Board
  • A pacing guide for implementing the activity over the week at home
  • 1 slide show (PowerPoint & Google Slides) for reviewing recipe
  • Visual recipes 
  • 1 page of written recipe cards
  • 1 before/after board with pictures
  • 1 picture-sequencing board and cards (4 steps)
  • 1 written sequencing board (6 steps)
  • 1 multiple-choice worksheet with visual supports for responses
  • 1 multiple – choice worksheet with written response choices
  • 1 prediction graph
  • 1 conclusion graph
  • Worksheets with written and picture choices (Available in Google Slides)
  • Before & After Sequencing (Available in Google Slides)
  • 4-step sequencing with pictures (Available in Google Slides)
  • 6-step sequencing with sentences (Available in Google Slides)
  • Slide show of the steps and ingredients-fill in the blank for communication (Available in Google Slides)

These life skills special education activities are perfect for students of all ages in special education classrooms, life skills programs, homeschool programs, and distance Learning programs.

❤️You can use these for cooking in a group or cooking with 1 student. It has been adapted for families to use at home during home instruction or homework with a weekly lesson plan using different elements of the materials. 

❤️You will LOVE this resource because it is easy to target communication and language skills, self-help skills, reading skills, and math skills with graphing predictions of whether the students will like it. Plus, the visual recipes are perfect for your students who struggle to read. 

These life skills special education activities will address the following skills: Receptive / expressive vocabulary for cooking; identifying ingredients; expressing a prediction of preference; interpreting graphs, compare and contrast data results, create number sentence of data from graph, following simple verbal directions to construct a product, reading a recipe with or without picture cues (visual recipes included to help students), using a knife to spread ingredients, trying new foods, opening jar/containers, recalling events of an activity with visual supports, sequencing 2-6 steps of a completed activities (with or without visual cues), answer simple questions about the activity and product created, and making choices about toppings. 

All pages are included in Google™️ Slides for easy remote instruction. The links to Google™️ Apps for use with Google™️ Classroom are included in the PDF you receive when purchasing.

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What teachers are saying…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “My students loved this activity. I used it for a group cooking activity. They were all engaged in all the activities with this resource. Thank you so much for this resource!” - Special Needs Embracing Autism 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “So much fun to use, my students were able to properly sequence and we were able to measure amounts as well.  I sent them the printed visuals and then used them together when on the computer.  I am so glad I found your resources!” - Sarah K.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This is a great resource. My students loved making the pizzas. The activities prior and follow up were amazing.” - Shaping Life Long Learners

**If you are a member of the Special Educator Academy, DO NOT buy this set as it is available within the membership**

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
Define words by category and by one or more key attributes (e.g., a duck is a bird that swims; a tiger is a large cat with stripes).


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