~ Lori Jackson
One day we had a mathematical party to say good-bye to one of
our students who is going away to boarding school. I brought
in unfrosted cupcakes, yellow and chocolate, and icing in two
colors, green and blue. We worked together to figure out what
combinations we could make then each picked and frosted a cupcake.
We used paper cupcakes to color to match and created a graph
showing our choices. We discussed the graph in depth, then ate
our cupcakes and toasted the guest of honor with bubbly (soda).
As one boy went out the door (we were pressed for time due to
last minute early dismissal), he reminded me that our graph wasn't
done because we hadn't finished labeling it (we did on Wednesday,
once we finally got back to school). So today two of my kids
were writing in their journals about this very popular party
and went out in the hallway to find the word cupcake in our labeling.
Along came our principal and asked the two boys about the graph.
They talked her ear off, explaining the whole lesson and making
nice comparisons and observations. But here's the kicker, they
began their discourse with this statement, "Last Wednesday
we didn't have math 'cuz we were having this party..." It
absolutely made her day!
Note: This activity works lots
and lots of ways - sandwishes with two jelly choices and two
bread colors, bugs with two body colors and two wing colors,