Giant macaroon nutcracker, revisited


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Each year the Boston Ballet highlights the holiday season with the Nutcracker ballet.  In 2014, the Boston Ritz Carlton Hotel's chef, Andrew Yeo and his pastry team, created a gorgeous and massive Nutcracker cake of macaroons and fondant to celebrate the event.  We have two activities about this amazing creation below.

First we have a traditional worksheet dealing with ratio, volume, surface area and ingredient quantities.  A second, 3-act activity is offered below the first.

Activity: MacaroonNutcracker2014.pdf

For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions.

MacaroonNutcracker2014.doc        MacaroonNutcracker2014-solution.pdf

Or, as a 3-act activity, show the image above (click to enlarge) and ask your students the questions that we've suggested in this 2nd activity.

Detailed teacher instructions for members:  3-act-Nutcracker-2014.pdf

  • Look at the pictures of the giant man.  How many macarons were used to create him?
  • Students make a best guess and consider a reasonable range.
  • Students decide what additional information would be good to know.  Height?  Dimensions? Size of a Macaroon?
  • Students work to get a better estimate of the number of macaroons.
  • Students share solutions, methods, and final answers.  How did the final answers compare to the original guesses?
  • Have your observations validated by showing the following newspaper clipping(available to all). Write-up with answers.

CCSS:  3.MD, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, 6.RP.3, 7.G.1, 7.G.6, HSG.MG.A.1


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