Silas Wood- Measuring Out a Sense of Responsibility

Teamwork gets the job done as each student gets his or her turn rolling out dough.
Teamwork gets the job done as each student gets his or her turn rolling out dough.
Aligning their ‘treats’ on wax paper, these two students get encouragement from teacher Jessica Aragones.
Aligning their ‘treats’ on wax paper, these two students get encouragement from teacher Jessica Aragones.
This student rolls out her dough to just the right thickness, with just the right amount of flour.
This student rolls out her dough to just the right thickness, with just the right amount of flour.
A perfect shape for a small dog snack.
A perfect shape for a small dog snack.
Ready to be coated with an egg wash that will give these snacks a glossy shine.
Ready to be coated with an egg wash that will give these snacks a glossy shine.
Service-learning encourages team building and communication.
Service-learning encourages team building and communication.

Service-learning goes beyond what is learned in the classroom. It’s a hands-on experience. Service-learning enhances students’ valuable academic skills, including communication, team building, and critical thinking; it builds their self-esteem; and develops their sense of responsibility. A service-learning project currently being rolled out in Silas Wood’s home and careers classes combines two important elements. For these South Huntington sixth-graders, that meant that learning how to bake would also be put to a good cause in their community.

Their service-learning project will directly benefit our canine companions currently in shelters and looking for a good home. “We have been learning about dry and liquid weights and measures and using that knowledge to accurately apply what they learned in their measurement labs to a recipe that teaches my students how to bake dog treats,” said Silas Wood's Home and Careers teacher Ms. Jessica Aragones. “The baked treats use all-natural ingredients and will be donated to local shelters.” 

Today’s portion of the project involved small teams who divided the dough they had made earlier.  Using lots of flour and rolling pins, they rolled out the dough and used cookie cutters in various shapes to create dog cookies. The classes will now get to apply an egg wash to their dough and bake them before they are wrapped up and ready for donation. “I want students to see for themselves that even at their young age, they can use what they are learning in school, specifically home and careers, to help others in the community, in this case it happens to be our four-legged friends.

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