Pancakes, Pancakes!

A boy named Jack wakes up hungry for an enormous pancake breakfast. But before he can enjoy his breakfast, he must first spend time and energy gathering all the resources and ingredients that he needs to make pancakes.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Productive Resources, Economic Wants, Natural Resources, Human Resources, Capital Resources.

Comprehension Questions

What economic want did Jack have when he woke up one morning?

A big pancake!

What are productive resources?

The natural, human, and capital resources that are used to produce goods and services.

What ingredients go into a pancake and where do they come from?

Eggs from a hen; milk & butter from a cow; flour from wheat; jam from strawberries.

Identify the natural resources used in the production of pancakes.

Sunshine, water, soil, air, wood, water for growing wheat and turning the millstone, metal for frying pan.

Identify the human resources used in the production of pancakes.

Miller, Jack, Mother.

Identify some of the many capital resources used in the production of pancakes.

Millstone, water wheel, hen house, pail, butter churn, stove, pan, bowl, spoon, plate, woodshed, sickle, flail, etc. Note: The donkey and cow could also be considered capital resources. They are not animals that are considered natural resources, such as fish, wild deer, etc.

When your family makes pancakes, do you follow all the steps in the story? (No!) Why not?

It takes too much time and one person probably doesnt have all the necessary skills or productive resources.

So how does your family usually make pancakes?

From a mix, or from mixing ingredients that are readily on hand.

Author: Eric Carle

Published: 1991

Reading Level: 3.6

Grade Level: Pre-K to 2nd

Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5

Lexile Measure: AD670L

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Aladdin