Standards Aligned:
Pizza Celebration
Place of Learning: 
90 minutes
Grade Level: 

ESY Berkeley Teaching Staff
Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

In this final eighth-grader lesson, students celebrate their completion of the program by making wood-fired pizza and lemonade in the ESY garden.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Make lemonade, pizza sauce, and pizza dough from scratch.
  • Form dough and build a pizza with sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  • Discuss their experiences of baking pizza in a wood-fired oven and eating it in the ESY garden with their teachers and classmates.

During this lesson, students will:

  • Make pizza sauce, pizza dough, lemonade, and prep pizza toppings.
  • Form their dough and build a pizza with sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  • Watch their pizza bake in the wood-fired oven and eat it in the ESY garden with their teachers and classmates.
Materials & Prep: 
  • Pizza Sauce recipe 
  • Pizza Dough recipe 
  • Lemonade recipe 
For the Wood-Fired Oven
  • Oven peels
  • Wire brush
  • 2 damp towels
  • For the Handwashing Station
  • Bucket of warm soapy water
  • Bucket of warm rinsing water
  • 2 towels
For the Pizza Building Station
  • 2 tables
  • 2 rags
  • 2 tablecloths
  • 6 wooden pizza peels
  • 2 flour bowls
  • toppings
For the Pizza Building Station Side Table
  • Table cloth
  • Cleaning rag
  • Really big butcher block
  • Pizza cutter
  • Trays
For the Eating Station
  • Cups
  • Napkins
  • Dirty dishes basin
  • Compost basin
    Ingredients for the Pizza Dough
    • Pizza flour
    • Wheat flour
    • Yeast
    • Salt
    • Sugar
    • Olive oil
    Ingredients for the Toppings
    • An assortment of herbs, green garlic, and spring onions
    • Chard, kale, and spinach
    • Olives
    • Olive oil
    • Fresh garden ingredients
    Ingredients for the Pizza Building Station
    • Pizza sauce
    • Grated cheese
    • Toppings
    Ingredients for the Lemonade
    • Lemons
    • Sugar or honey
    • Water
    For the Grain Grinding Station
    • Grain grinding bike
    • 3 mortars and pestles
    • 3 mixing bowls
    • Wheat berries
    • Canvas bags for threshing
    • Whole, dried wheat bushels for threshing
    • Wooden winnowing bowls
    Tools for the Toppings Station
    • Chef’s knives
    • Cast-iron skillet
    • Cutting boards
    • Strainers
    Tools for the Dough Station
    • 1 large metal mixing bowl
    • 1 plastic 4-cup measuring cup
    • 2 sets measuring spoons
    • 1 plastic measuring beaker
    • 3 bench scrapers
    • 1 metal one cup measure
    • 1 small metal whisk
    • 2-3 half sheet pans
    • Plastic wrap
    • 1 plastic dough scraper
    • 1 wooden spoon
    • Wood-fired Oven or Oven
    before you begin
    • Collect all materials and build a fire in the wood-fired oven (it takes about 90 minutes to fully warm the ESY oven).
    • Make the Pizza Sauce.
    • Make Pizza Dough for the first class.
    • Collect all materials and set up the Pizza Building Station and Pizza Building Station Side Table.
    • Collect all materials and set up the Eating Station.
    • Collect all materials and set up the Dough Station.
    • Collect all materials and set up the Grain Grinding Station.
    • Collect all materials and set up the Lemonade Station.
    • Collect all materials and set up the Toppings Station.
    Procedure Steps: 

    Use the word “celebrate” in a sentence: “We are excited to celebrate the culmination of your three years in the Edible Schoolyard Program today!”

    1. Welcome students and explain that today they will work together to celebrate their last day in the Edible Schoolyard with pizza and lemonade.
    2. Explain that today’s four working groups are all devoted to tasks to prepare for eating pizza, and that working groups will rotate through the Pizza Building Station where, in teams of two, students will have the opportunity to form their pizza dough and build it with sauce, cheese and toppings.
    3. Go over today’s jobs and divide students into four working groups, one group for each job. Today’s jobs are:
      • Dough: Students “pay it forward” by making dough in the kitchen classroom for later classes.
      • Grain grinding: Students use a variety of methods to grind wheat to use in the pizza dough.
      • Lemonade: Students make lemonade at the outdoor kitchen and keep the Eating Station supplied with it.
      • Toppings: Students harvest crops from the garden, wash them, and prep them for use at the Pizza Building Station.

    Pizza Work Rotation: Each group rotates through the Pizza Building Station as the other groups work in the kitchen classroom, outdoor kitchen and garden.

    1. The Dough group starts at the Pizza Building Station, where in groups of two they will assemble a pizza.
    2. When the first group finishes baking their pizzas, they may sit down at the Eating Station to eat.
    3. When the bell rings, the next group proceeds to the Hand Washing Station and then to the Pizza Building Station.
    4. It will take a total of 80 minutes to rotate all groups through the Pizza Building Station and Pizza Eating Station.
    5. After each group’s Pizza Work Rotation is complete, students may relax in the garden or visit the chickens.

    Make and Eat Pizza

    1. Demonstrate how to pull the dough on a pizza peel and add toppings, making sure to emphasize using enough flour to ensure adequate “scootch” (the dough’s ability to move independent of the peel, so that it will slide off into the oven).
    2. Give a ball of dough to each team of two students and have them assemble their pizza.
    3. Bake each pizza in the wood-fired oven.
    4. When pizzas are done, students proceed to the Eating Station, eat their pizza, and drink lemonade.
    1. Thank students for helping make the pizza celebration a success.
    2. Ask students to participate in one final Whip Around and share their favorite experience in the garden over their three years in middle school.  
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    Academic Standards

    Common Core State Standards

    English Language Arts and Literacy, Grade 8


    Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.



    Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher- led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.



    Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

    Edible Schoolyard Standards

    In the Kitchen Classroom, Grade 8



    Choose the right tool for each job at the ESY Cooking Station, anticipate steps of the recipe, and take initiative to cook independently.



    Demonstrate mastery of a wide variety of cooking techniques, reliably choose the right technique for each job, and compare and contrast technique differences in conversation.

    The Edible Schoolyard Program



    Students work with each other and teachers to develop community and personal stewardship, along with skills that will help them navigate different situations throughout their lives.


    All lessons at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley are developed in collaboration with the teachers and staff of the Edible Schoolyard and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.