Make an Apple Pie

This fun story has it all: reading, geography, baking and pie! Enjoy this learning activity with your child.

By Jennifer Thompson, Consulting Educator

Reinforce reading and geography skills with the beautifully illustrated storybook, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marion Priceman (Dragonfly Books, 1996).

What You'll Need

Here's How to Do It

Before reading the book, find your hometown on a world map. Show your child the continents, oceans and various countries. As you read the book, trace the route on the map that the baker takes as she travels around the world looking for ingredients for her pie. Discuss the different kinds of transportation she needed to cross oceans and travel across the country. At the end of the story, the author includes an apple pie recipe. Make the apple pie while encouraging your child to read and follow directions in the correct order. Eat and enjoy!

Jennifer Thompson is a reading specialist for the Manassas City Public Schools in Virginia. She was recently awarded the Washington Post's Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Jennifer has 18 years of teaching experience, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and a K-12 reading specialist license.