This is an activity I used with my students after we finished our multiplication and area unit. This activity allows the students to be creative and construct a gingerbread house while checking their understanding of the area of each piece of the house as well as their understanding of representing their understanding of multiplication strategies (array, equal groups, repeated addition, number line).
I did this activity with my students the day before our holiday class party so that they could construct the house with their parents the next day at the party. We saved their milk cartons from lunch (remember to rinse them out so the excess milk does not spoil overnight in the classroom) as the structure to build their gingerbread houses with. I gave each student six graham crackers (four for the walls and two for the roof) and then had the decoration pieces out to share with their group.
The students loved showing their parents their math and then matching their design to their gingerbread houses! Enjoy!