Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cookie Math

Did you know that chocolate chip cookies can provide a fun math lesson?  I never really thought about it until I read this blog post. I tweaked the lesson a bit and the fun began.

Nick and Sam had 4 different (brand name) chocolate chip cookies to work with:  Hannaford Break and Bake, Hannaford soft cookies, Keebler and Chips Ahoy.

They had to do the following for each cookie:
  1. Measure the cookie
  2. Describe the appearance of the cookie
  3. Count the amount of chocolate chips on top of the cookie
  4. Count the amount of chocolate chips on the bottom of the cookie
  5. Break the cookie in half and count the chocolate chips in the middle of the cookie
  6. Taste the cookie and rate the taste
  7. State if the cookie is crunchy, chewy or soft.
 After they did the above activity, they had to answer the following questions:
  1. Which cookie had the most chocolate chips?
  2. Which cookie had the least chocolate chips?
  3. Which cookie was the largest?
  4. Did the largest cookie have the most chocolate chips?
  5. Which cookie tasted the best?
My kids enjoyed this activity and look forward to more fun math in the future.

One other thing I forgot to mention...a tall glass of milk is needed, especially when your kids get thirsty from all the yummy cookies!

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