Category: Math and Food


This activity is a investigation intended to get students and teachers to loosen up a little and appreciate how just considering a situation might lead you to a very reasonable approximation.
Too often students think that there is only one answer that is right and that the method for approaching that solution is also limited to the “correct” approach. Surely this fear of experimenting and guessing leads to math anxieties and the fear to reason and experiment.

Sweetheart candies are back … sort of

How many dollars worth of sweet hearts candies used to be sold each Valentine’s season?  Let your students taste the candies while they do the math. Student learn of the pain of a new manufacturer.  They practice problem solving, critical thinking, and number sense reasoning?

It’s Girl Scout cookie time again!

Totally new activity! Let your students talk about their favorite Girl Scout cookies as they figure out what the local GS chapter really earns from these sales.  Use this old graphic (where a box only costs $4.00) to figure out…

How should I cook my turkey?

Bake it, deep fry it or barbecue it? When do I have to wake up to begin preparations? How long will the cooking take?  How much will it cost?  How many can I feed?

Not enough mashed potatoes

Using his famous mashed potato recipe, Brian has asked students to change decimals to fractions, to calculate ingredient measures for various-sized Thanksgiving gatherings, to explain their thinking in calculating these figures and to judge how many servings could be created…

Operation Gratitude – Halloween candy buy back

This is a great idea! Motivate kids to get rid of all of that candy for a good cause. Operation Gratitude and dentists are encouraging healthy eating, motivated giving, and offering a good use for all of that leftover candy.…

Which is the best candy deal?

Students are asked to decide which would be the best deal and the worst deal on mixed bags of candy.  They can also create their own mixed bags.  This activity has unit pricing, philosophy of candy collecting, and Excel if you would like to use technology.  

How Much Halloween Candy Will You Collect?

Students consider how to determine the best candy haul prediction.  The math ideas of measurement error and percent error are introduced.  Students then predict their own Halloween candy collections numbers and compare their predictions to their actual haul using measurement and percent error.