Lesson Plans

Title: Traditions


Materials: Bread Pudding recipe (below), ingredients for the bread pudding, a recipe from each student of their favorite food, and white drawing paper.


1. Discuss with the students that families do many things together that make them happy. Families have what are called "traditions". Ask the students what they think a "tradition" is? In the book, Tanya's reunion, discuss what were some of the traditions Tanya's family had. One of traditions that Tanya had was what they called their "special day" of baking. Every Saturday, Tanya and her grandmother would spend the day together baking. One of their "special day" treats was bread pudding. Do the students have a special day like Tanya's with someone special in their family? Have the students share with a buddy their special day.

2. Tell the students that because Tanya's special day is baking, we are going to, as a class, make bread pudding. Make the bread pudding.

3. Values whip: Have the students share their recipe of their families favorite treat. After compile the recipes to make a class book.

4. Have the students draw on paper of a tradition their family has. Have the students volunteer to share their picture and experience with the class and place in their journal.

Evaluation: Teacher will observe drawings and listen to oral responses of a tradition they have had with their family











Bread Pudding

4 beaten eggs

2 cups milk

1/3 cups sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 cups dry bread cubes (4 slices)

1/3 cup raisins or other snipped dried fruit


In a mixing bowl beat together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Place dry bread cubes in a 8 X 1/2 round baking dish. sprinkle raisins over bread. Pour egg mixture over all. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 35-40 min. Cool slightly.

To dry bread cubes, bake them in a 300 degree oven about 15 minutes or, cut toasted bread slices into 1 inch cubes.