Making Pizza

By Charlotte Cushman on Oct 02, 2014

Many skills can be taught by making pizza and through differentiated instruction, all students can participate at their own level.  This activity can be part of a larger unit that includes preparing a menu, going grocery shopping, and making pizza to sell at school or for a special event.  It can also be done as a single class activity.

Skills taught during this activity include communication (naming ingredients, making choices), social interaction (working together with a peer), fine motor skills (chopping, stirring, pincer grasp), counting, sequencing, literacy (writing out list of ingredients and recipe), personal hygiene, science (nutrition and temperature).


  • Individual crusts work best, so that each student can create the pizza they prefer.A boy puts onions on his pizza
  • Tomato sauce
  • Preferred toppings (vegetables, pepperoni, etc.)
  • Cheese
  • Oven
  • Pans
  • Potholders
  • Plates, silverware, napkins


Girl puts cheese on pizza

  • Write down the recipe, as a group or individually.
  • Have students cut the different ingredients and place in separate bowls.
  • Assemble the pizzas and bake.
  • Enjoy!


  • Extend the activity by having the students go grocery shopping to purchase the ingredients.
  • Have students set up a "pizza day" as a special occasion or a weekly event to sell pizza to other students and teachers.

Making pizza collage

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Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.