Graphing with Food

Math never tasted so good! Young mathematicians learn how to categorize objects and make graphs while enjoying some of their favorite foods. Working with different candies and cereals, children first identify the different colors and shapes of each food. Then students use the provided charts to create graphs showing how many of each type they were given. The lesson mentions that students will verbally answer questions about their graphs, but does describe when or how that occurs. The author also says to repeat this activity over the course of ten lessons, one for each different food, but that seems unnecessary. Consider doing one or two foods as a whole class, and then offer this as an extension activity or incorporate it into your math rotations. 

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Using food engages students in learning math
  • Includes a blank chart for use with foods not listed in the lesson plan
Cons

  • Lesson plan does not include explicit procedures or questions for assessing student learning
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