Learning about fractions can be fun! In this authentic learning experience, students will have the chance to build candy pizzas by creating their own customized pizza. Students will choose from the toppings provided by the teacher. They will then fill out their own personal candy pizza order form. Students will switch order forms with another student. The teacher will call up a select number of students to the "Candy Pizza Station" and students will take turns making each others pizzas.
Students will learn about the importance of precision - Common Core Math Standard 6. This activity invites students to discuss the importance of precision when ordering a pizza.
***In order to do this activity the teacher needs to purchase some supplies. (The cost is well worth the learning experience and smiles you will receive!) I often use this activity as a reward once my students reach their class behavior goal.
The teacher will need to supply the following:
- a base for the pizza such as rice cakes or half a graham cracker
- candy to divide the pizzas into fourths (thin licorice works great!)
- an assortment of candy toppings
- frosting so the candy sticks to the base
- plastic spoons to spread the frosting
- plastic bowls and spoons for toppings
Whenever I do this activity I buy whatever candy is on sale. I also buy sweets in bulk (vanilla wafers, oreos, graham crackers). I crush these sweets up to use as toppings.
Attend to Precision Posters (one with a colorful background and one black and white) The background is from Lilian Ellaboudy Design at Mygrafico.com.
Pages 1 & 2
Why is Precision so Important - a short story scenario that illustrates the importance of precision when ordering a pizza
Step-by-Step Candy Fraction Pizza Instructions
Blank Candy Pizza Order Forms (one with a circle base and one with a square base)
Pages 5 & 6
Sample Filled Out Candy Pizza Order Form
I hope you enjoy this fun fraction activity! It helps bring the importance of precision to life and is a welcome break from traditional fraction worksheets. Enjoy your candy pizzas!
~ Molly Ulrich