Children's Music

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Lesson One | Lesson Two


Lesson One by Delores Gallo

Aim: To develop rhythm and imagination by moving to the salsa rhythm of the song, by using rhythm instruments to play along, by creating and imitating dance steps.


1. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by 3D and player
2. Rhythm instruments(maracas, tambourines and rhythm sticks)
3. Drawing materials


Learning Objectives
By the end of the lesson the students will:

  1. Name and categorize snacks by their attributes
  2. Develop courtesy by politely declining an offered food by saying “no thank you.”
  3. Actively listen to the lyric identifying feelings, problem, and solution.
  4. Act out vocabulary words embarrassed and confused.
  5. Play rhythm instruments and dance to song with self initiated steps
  6. Follow teacher’s directions to create shape patterns while dancing.
  7. Create a step/movement and/or copy a classmate’s.
  8. Draw a picture of self dancing and/or draw and categorize their favorite snacks and identify those that are the most healthy.


Activity One

Teacher asks, “What snacks do you like?” (Categorize named snacks as sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy etc.)  When we don’t like something someone else does, what can we say to be polite?(no thank you).  Practice with a partner saying “No thank you.”


Activity Two

In the song we’re going to hear, a child brings in cookies her Mom made.  Listen for how her classmates react.  Listen for how her problem is solved.”  Play song.  “How did the child feel(embarrassed and confused).  Who can tell us what embarrassed means?  Who can show us how confused looks?  How was the girl’s problem solved?”


Activity Three

Distribute instruments.  Teacher says, “Stand up and play along with your rhythm instrument and dance to the music.”(After a period of student initiated dancing, teacher can suggest students form  a variety of patterns: double lines, double circles and other shapes.) During a second playing of the song, individual students can demonstrate a step and have others imitate it.   What did you enjoy most about this activity?


Activity Four

Draw a picture of  yourself dancing. Option 2: Draw a picture of your favorite snack.  Teacher places pictures on bulletin board; students discuss the variety of favorite snacks identifying the healthy snacks.




Back to Lesson One


Lesson Two by Amy Doyle

Aim: Why is it important to be open-minded about food?



How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

“Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” by 3D and player


Learning Objectives
By the end of the lesson, students will:

  1. Discuss several features of eating, from preparation to clean-up.
  2. Compare their own food experiences with those of the main character of a story.
  3. Actively listen to a partner’s feelings about food and determine when their own feelings differ.
  4. Discuss different reasons why food open-mindedness is valuable.
  5. Discern the problem and solution in the song.
  6. Familiarize themselves with ingredients for oatmeal raisin cookies.


Activity 1

Students will draw a picture of themselves eating their favorite meal.  After drawing, circle time will be devoted to explaining the picture.  Students should be encouraged to share details about how the meal is prepared, who does the preparing, who cleans up after the meal, what they like about the meal.


Activity 2

Teacher will read Bread and Jam for Frances.  Pre-reading questions can include:

  1. If you could have your favorite meal that you drew for dinner every night, would you like that?
  2. Who is the best person to decide what your family should eat for dinner?  Why?
  3. In this story, the little badger girl, Frances, only wants to eat bread and jam, so that’s what her mother makes for her for every meal.  Do you think this will make her happy?


Activity 3

Students will sit with a partner and ask each other about foods they do NOT like.  When they find a food that they do not agree upon (one of them likes it and one does not) they can return to the circle.  This interview will be shared with the class, with teacher facilitating.  Teacher should lead a discussion on why it is important to try new foods.


Activity 4

Play Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Before listening, students should be given the following prompts:

  1. If you brought in some homemade cookies for snack one day and your classmates refused to eat them, how would you feel?  What would you do?
  2. 2. In this song, a child brings in cookies that her mom made and before they even taste them, the children in the class refuse to eat them.  Pay attention to how this problem is solved.

After listening to song, discuss with students how the problem is solved, and what they can learn about trying new foods from this song.

End the lesson by reading aloud, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

If there is time or even on another day (and if there are kitchen facilities in the school) students can make oatmeal raisin cookies.  The following recipe is an egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free and nut-free version to accommodate the growing number of students with food allergies.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (vegan)

Dry Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup oat flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 Tbsp tapioca starch

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp salt

½ cup raisins or dried cranberries

Wet Ingredients:

1/2 cup canola oil

2 Tbsp apple sauce

2 Tbsp apple juice or water

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp molasses

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sift dry ingredients and set aside.

Blend wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and fold two or three times.

Wrap in plastic bag and chill for at least an hour.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet and bake for around 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Makes a dozen large cookies.