Category: Math and Food

Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo – buy it or make it at home?

Students have the guac ingredient list and the price of each ingredient in their usual quantities … like a bottle of lime juice. But we don’t need the whole bottle to make our dip. Students calculate the cost of the various ingredients and decide if making it is more expensive than buying it from Chipotle.

Spring and Easter posts

5 timely activities that help mark Spring and Easter. Dyeing eggs, approximating number of Peeps sold, counting backwards to find planting dates, reading a pie chart on candy sales, and solid or hollow giant chocolate bunny. Enjoy!

Peeps

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.

YUMMY food for Passover

Passover will begin this year at sundown on Saturday, March 27th. Jewish families will gather to commemorate the exodus of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. The celebration begins with a traditional meal, the Seder, where the story of…

How many scoops do I need?

In this 3-act activity, students need to invent a different way to measure the powdered chocolate than what the instructions dictate. How many 1/4th teaspoonsfuls of powder = 2 teaspoons? How many 1/8th teaspoons = 2 teaspoons? General rule?

Dunkin’s Go2s

Simultaneous equations with a Dunkin Donuts’ sandwich deal. Do you have enough information to solve it?

How should I spend my rewards?

For every dollar that you spend, you accumulate points.  You can cash them in for savings on groceries, apply them to your gasoline purchases, or even use them to give to a food kitchen. If you are going to use them for gasoline or groceries, which way gets you the best deal?

Winter Holidays – 18 activities

Do I have enough wrapping paper? – Students estimate the size of a gift and decide if the given wrapping paper is going to be enough.  Finally they try to create a rule for determining enough wrapping paper from the dimensions of…

Not enough mashed potatoes

Updated activity for Covid 19 appropriate Thanksgivings.
Students change decimals to fractions,
calculate ingredient measures for various-sized Thanksgiving servings,
explain their thinking in calculating these figures,
and judge how many servings could be created from 7½ pounds of potatoes.

Lots of Cranberries

In this timely activity, students learn about how cranberries are grown and harvested; estimate their size and quantities; and see what they can deduce from published statistics.

Candy deals

We found big mixed bags of candy at really good prices … we think. Students are asked to decide which would be the best deal and the worst deal on candy.  They can also create their own mixed bags.  This activity…