Basic Addition and Subtraction using cookie treats or other manipulatives.
Make math fun! Math using snacks, or Yummy Math as we call it, is a well loved Friday afternoon tradition in my classroom. We use it to reinforce concepts learned throughout the week and to spiral back over concepts learned throughout the year.
This bundle can be used with any kind of mini cookies. I like to use a cookie type of cereal (Cookie Crisp or off brand) because one box is all that is needed, making it a cheap, yet FUN activity. I bag about 20 pieces in zip bags for my students. We all wash our hands and establish the expectation that we will all wait to eat our treats until we have finished doing math with them.
The possibilities are endless with this bundle. Each mat can be printed on cardstock and laminated for use with dry-erase markers. I use erasable pockets and just switch out the mats each time we do Yummy Math.
A Cookie Math activity will go something like this… Please note that things may vary depending on the mat or activity that you choose to use.
Everyone keeps their cookies in their zip bags.
A story problem is read aloud or displayed on the smart board.
The students use the cookies to illustrate the math story.
It may go something like this:
Sam ate 3 cookies after lunch. He ate 3 more cookies after dinner. How many cookies did Sam eat in all?
The students will take 3 cookies out of their zip bags and place them on their cookie trays.
Using dry-erase markers, the students will draw 3 more cookies (circles) on their cookie trays. This helps them to see the two different parts of the story. You could also choose to use two different types of cookies.
The students will then use what they see on their trays to create number sentences and/or number bonds.
After completing this several times, we come together to read a book and eat our snacks!