Project Ideas for Pie

Samuel and Harris are baking up a storm in Florida!


If you’d like to host a** PIE PARTY** at your school or book club, write me an e-mail and I’ll be happy to send you some suggestions on how to do that.  Also, check out the pie party photos on the BLOG. Send me a photo from your party (with permission to post) and I’ll be happy to add it to the collection.

Looking for some fun projects you can do based on PIE?

  • HAPPINESS IS….The book identified the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship, Family, and the pleasure of doing something for the right reason.  Students can find the ingredients of this recipe as they read the book.  Have students write their own recipes for happiness and share them with others.
  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH….The first line in the book is “Thank you very much.”  Make notecards decorated with pictures of pies and have students write a thank you note to someone who is special in their life, identifying what the person has done for the writer to make his/her life happy.
  • STATE PRIDE….People bring special ingredients from the states where they live so that Polly can use them in her pies.  Have students identify the pie ingredient that best represents their state.
  • YUM….Polly bakes pies with specific people in mind, using their favorite ingredients.  Have students make up a recipe for a pie that would include some of their favorite ingredients.
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT….Henry David Thoreau once said, “Things do not change; we do.”  Readers can discuss what that statement means and whether they agree with its premise.  How does this statement apply to this book?  Readers can identify examples of specific situations when characters change in the book.  They can then identify a situation in their own lives when they changed, and because of that change the situation improved.
  • AUNT POLLY SAYS…. “The most important ingredient in a pie is that love that goes into it.”  Have students identify one thing they loved about the book.  Create a bulletin board or a classroom door decoration made up of these ingredients.
  • RECIPE FOR A GOOD BOOK…. Have students think about the ingredients for a good book and write them down in the form of a recipe, ie:  “A pinch of mystery”  “One heaping tablespoon of humor”, etc.
  • JUST FOR FUN….. watch the YOUTUBE video of the opening of “Sky King” as well as the Nabisco jingle mentioned in the book.  Have students comment on the differences between these clips and what they see on television today.
  • I’d be happy to  share a little video I made of myself reading the Epilogue to Pie.  It’s kind of a fun way to to share the ending of the book together.  E-mail me if you’re interested.
  • I’m happy to discuss the possibility of SKYPING with large or small groups of readers.  E-mail for fees and availability.

If you come up with some other  cool project ideas you’d be willing to share with others, please let me know!