Category: Math and Food

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.

How much should the 40-oz size cost?

We found this chalkboard menu at a coffee shop recently. The shop had prices for the 12-oz (small), 16-oz (medium) and 20-ounce (large) cappuccinos.  And they will also make you 40-ounce cappuccino but they haven’t listed the price. A 40-oz…

Giant pumpkins

Let your students marvel at World Record winning giant pumpkins as they use proportions to calculate the quantities of pumpkin puree and the number of pumpkin pies that could be made from one of these giants.  To introduce the task…

Largest coffee, new world record

The world record for the largest cup of coffee was recently set (see picture above).  In this activity students explore scale, similar figures, volume and measurement as they estimate the amount of coffee that this record-sized mug holds.  Students also…

Monster cake

Jodie Berman, a high school math teacher in Chicago, loves mathematics and loves to cook.  We’ve created an activity based on her Monster Cake (composed of everything that Cookie Monster loves). This recipe is published in her blog, Binomial Baker, First,…

Climate justice – 14 activities

Last week millions of people marched in hundreds of countries worldwide to demand “climate justice”. Greta Thunberg speaking at World Economic Forum 2018 Choose from any of our 14 activities to let students quantify some of the results of climate…

When will he use up his chocolate milk account?

Brian’s son buys chocolate milk every few days to go with his lunch. His school creates an invoice that they send to parents every month that show the status of his milk account. Brian put $20.00 into this account to…

S’mores

No joke. Saturday was National S’more Day.  Thanks to Maggie Hefferman, Newton, MA educator, for the idea of this post. To help you celebrate this strange new holiday, we’ve asked students to do a little math to help quantify…