Wednesday 19 December 2012

Decorating Gingerbread Cookies and Creating Gingerbread Houses - It Starts and Finishes with Math

On Monday while doing our math, Ms. Lirenman called us over one at a time to help make gingerbread cookies.  Math was involved as we measured, mixed, and timed.  Unfortunately we were not able to bake them at school but thankfully Ms. Lirenman took them home and baked them for us.

Yesterday was a super busy day and we had no time to decorate them.  Today we did.  Instead of everyone decorating them Ms. Lirenman gave us a choice. Ayyappan gave our class a gingerbread house kit to make and Ms. Lirenman let us decided if we wanted to be a part of making the gingerbread house, or be a part of decorating our cookies.

Many of us couldn't decide and Ms. L said it was okay if we did booth if we wanted.  So we made our decisions and got started.

Curious how they all turned out?

Now you're probably wondering if these cookies or this house made it to the end of the day.  Well to be honest we ate many of the cookies in the afternoon but we've left the house for now.  Tomorrow we have our parents coming for an extra special Community Read.  Ms. Lirenman has morning treats for all of us.

But we didn't just eat the cookies, we did some math with them too.  After we all took our first bites Ms. Lirenman had us record which body part we ate first.  Then we looked at the data and discussed what we could learn from it.  We thought like mathematicians, and shared our thinking behind our answers.  It was a great way to learn math, and it was a tasty way too.

In the past few weeks we've had a lot of fun learning about, and with gingerbread! 

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