Category: Math and Food

Celebrating Father’s Day

Thank you Mother and Father for all of those diapers – Which is a better deal, cloth or disposable diapers?  How much did you cost your parents in diapers?  In the future how much could your kid’s diapers cost?   Help…

National Donut Day

Two activities to help celebrate National Donut Day
How many donuts is that = huge box of donuts to approximate.
How have donuts changed = torus volume measurements, formula intuition, and algebraic transformation of one formula into a second formula.

Mother’s Day math – 13 possible activities

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this means big business for the greeting card and floral industries. Let your students practice averages, percents, and large numbers while they analyze the statistics on Mother’s Day spending.  You could even…

World record Snickers Bar

This World Record Snickers Bar was created in late January at the Waco, Texas Mars Wrigley Plant. What proportions would be an accurate cross sections of this monster bar? How many Mars Wrigley workers would this feed? How are your calculations different from what was published? How must their calculations have differed from yours?


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…