Who has made soup before? All hands shoot up in the air. Who has made homemade soup before? All hands drop quickly into fifth-grade laps.
When we opened our books to see how the soup was made, Marcus Waters was pleased to know the recipe's author had the same last name. "Alice Waters! That's the same as mine!"
Even though the recipe didn't call for it, I decided to add a stalk of celery to the ingredient list and discuss magical "mirepoix" with the students. After explaining the fragrant carrot, celery, and onion combo, we all decided Mirrah Morris would now be nicknamed "Mirrah-poix!"
Paraphrasing the title of one of my favorite songs, I asked: "Does Anybody Really Know What 'Thyme' it is?" Aniya Skinner answered, "It's almost 4:00."
The soup was easy, flavorful, and a big hit with everyone.