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The Impact of Inventions on Life in America - Cereal Box Project
Students investigate U.S. history by examining technology post Civil War. In this inventions instructional activity, students view a slide-show of images demonstrating how the U.S. transformed into an industrial powerhouse in the late 1800's. Students create a fictitious cereal box which demonstrates the inventions and technology of the period.
Marketing a Breakfast Cereal
Your class will pretend that they just got hired as marketing consultants for a cereal company. They have the task of designing, marketing, and promoting a new healthy cereal to a target population. They must take pricing, market research, and stockholders into consideration while they attempt to sell the product. A fun lesson with everything included!
Snap! Crackle! Box!
Students develop a new cereal and design a box for it. In this art and design lesson, students complete a year-end cumulative activity in which the use all of their artistic skills to develop a new cereal. They use their marketing skills as they design a box that would meet the standards of a graphic designer.
The Six Faces of Garbage
Learners use the mathematics of surface area to approach the problem of garbage pollution from the classroom. After watching a video, students construct replicas of cereal boxes and compute their surface area.
A Creative Way of Reporting on Books
By using creative ways to complete book reports, like using cereal boxes, you can motivate students.
Observe Earth Day with Art Projects Made from Recycled Materials
Creative hands-on art project ideas that are easy on the earth and easy on a teacher’s budget.
Middle Easts in Miniature
Sixth graders explore the ancient world and why it is important to the modern world. They create a miniature display board made from an empty cereal box. Students list innovations form Mesopotamians. They write a paragraph explaining an ancient accomplishment.
In this volume worksheet, students determine the number of cuboids needed to create a rectangular prism of a particular size. They determine the mass, volume and density of cereal boxes. Students determine the volume of rectangular prisms and complete a Soma puzzle. This seven-page worksheet contains approximately 35 problems. Answers are provided on the last page.
Be Label Able
Students analyze the nutritional content of different cereals. In this health science lesson, students apply their knowledge about nutrition to create a healthy granola cereal. They design a package and market their product.
Snap! Crackle! Box!
High schoolers create a new cereal and design an original box as their final for Art 1. This is a cumulative assignment incorporating the skills and techniques studied and developed throughout the course of the year.
Planetary Cereal Project
Sixth graders decorate an empty cereal box with information and games showing their comprehension of factual information about an assigned planet. This is a nice, creative lesson about the solar system.
Cereal Investigation: Maximizing Volume, Minimizing Surface Area
In this volume and surface area worksheet, students determine the relationship between volume and surface area of rectangular prisms. They calculate the area of a cereal box and then dilate it under given conditions. This one-page worksheet contains three multi-step problems.
Tools for Integrating Math and Engineering: Weighin' In
Students collect and analyze data on a fictional cereal company's products. In this measurement lesson, students collect data from cereal boxes (weight, volume, surface area, etc.) to determine if the boxes labels correctly inform consumers of the contents. Extension ideas are included.
Picture Perfect Pyramid
Students investigate the concept of the food pyramid. The lesson includes background information for the teacher to lecture students about the food pyramid. They construct a model of the pyramid using cereal boxes. The projects could serve as props for research papers presented as an extension to the lesson.
Sell It with Propaganda
Engage your class in learning about propaganda by asking them to create propaganda! Using Frames software, class groups demonstrate their understanding of propaganda techniques by designing a new product, creating a commercial to sell their product, and then sharing their commercials with the whole class. Wrap by sharing the videos and discussing the techniques each group used. If video software is unavailable to you, consider that the product development, script, and story board make up the heart of the project.
New! Using Recycled Materials
What happens to our recycling once it is hauled away? In the third of four Earth Day lessons about recycling and reducing our impact on the world's natural resources, learners explore where recycled materials go and what becomes of them. After a quick overview, kids work in pairs to research a product from its original form (natural resource) to its typical disposal. Groups are challenged with finding a way to reduce the amount of products that end up in landfills. As an extension, each child can create his own project, taking an item that would be bound for a landfill and repurposing it (e.g. making jewelry out of old CDs).
Take a creative approach to division using this "cereal box puzzle" activity. The idea is clear: learners examine division number sentences with missing numbers, all of which have nine as either the quotient or divisor. Then, they notice patterns which allow them to use multiplication to figure out the numbers, arriving at the connection between division and multiplication. However, the puzzle, which you can project, is not fully compatible with procedures. Adjust to fit your class needs.
Those Convincing Commercials
Second graders study commercials and determine which cereal they feel is the most nutritious.
Cereal Box Book Report Project
Students create a book report using a cereal box. In this book report lesson plan, students cover the outer parts of a cereal box representing a book they red. They create an original cover on one side, and use the other sides to report on the setting, characters, problem, solution, theme, and anything else they want to include. Then they present their cereal box to the class.
Don't Trash the Earth
Students work in teams to evaluate their school and community waste management systems. They develop new plans including cost analysis and present the plans using a slideshow, website, brochure and art project.