The holidays will soon be upon us, and your little turkeys are getting restless! You want to stay on track with your math curriculum, but you know it is going to be a daunting task. Why not use three days to work on a mini unit where students review skills you have previously taught this year such as multi digit multiplication and division, and sneakily introduce a few new skills such as decimals within the context of money, fractions within the context of servings and pie cutting, measurement in terms of pounds and ounces, and mean when rating original story problems! Reviewing and teaching these skills within the context of shopping for holiday groceries and calorie counting and burning is a meaningful and practical way to stay on track during the holidays… and allowing students to use calculators for totaling shopping costs ups the engagement factor by 100%!
This mini unit can be as extensive or as limited as you wish it to be beginning with the Day 1 lesson on comparative shopping using local grocery ads. In the future, I will have students use both paper and online ads because the online ads are more inclusive, less cumbersome, and do not need to be refolded! Day 2 includes a lesson on holiday food calories as well as chores around the house to help burn those extra calories off. The student activity sheets can be glued into math interactive notebooks or made into packets. The culminating activity, Day 3, includes an original student created story problem using any of the information presented in these lessons: prices of items, calories taken in or burned, amount of food needed to feed guests, and the Macy’s Day Parade interesting facts.
Just purchase, print, and you are ready to teach your little turkeys during the holiday season! You could also price toys for Christmas as well and compare instead of groceries.