We’ve been having a lot of creative holiday fun in math this week. I wanted to share this in case you need something fun and festive for your last day or two, or to save for next year!
First, we read The Gingerbread Girl, then made gingerbread people. Not exactly math, but fun, creative and a great use of our holiday energy!
We all know the story of the gingerbread man, and I wanted to tie it in to place value. So, we decided to guess how many miles our gingerbread people could run! Any number less than 100.
Formative assessment alert! Can your students do this quickly? Do they understand that 100 isn’t part of this set? Are they writing the number they chose correctly?
The next day we gathered together armed with gingerbread people & sticky notes. On a large piece of paper I made us an open number line. 3 or 4 at a time students ordered their gingerbread people based on how far they “ran”. It’s a challenge & will be an opportunity for lots of questions and deep thinking about exactly where the numbers should go. Lots of greater than / less than talk!
Each time we made a line, we snapped a picture with DocScan HD. This is a must have app for capturing images of anchor charts and anything written around your class! It crops your photo automatically! You can adjust if needed, then save to the camera roll. And … it’s free!
Here’s what my classes had to say about our gingerbread project…
I hope you enjoy your last few days with your students, and have a wonderful, refreshing break!