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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Teacher's Little Helpers: Holiday Products

Welcome to day six of the Unwrapping Holiday Classroom Ideas hosted by Focused on Fifth. Today we are sharing some of our favorite holiday products.

This is my newest math creation that I just completed over the Thanksgiving break. I just finished teaching addition, subtraction, and multiplication of decimals and I wanted to give my students a chance to practice what they've learned with a holiday task. I made this task generic for whichever holiday I happen to want it for next year. So Thanksgiving or Christmas will work. This year I used it for Christmas.

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The Task: 
Right before the holidays, your parents had to leave town for a few days to help your grandparents. They promised to be home before the holiday meal, but it's up to you to plan everything.

1. Look through Mom's cookbook and plan your meal. What will you serve? Prime rib or turkey?
2. Create a shopping list that includes the amount of each item that you will need to buy.
3. Calculate what this will cost. Mom forgot to leave you a credit card, so you have to make sure you have enough cash to pay for everything.
4. Everyone is coming at 5:00 p.m. Plan out a schedule to make sure that the feast is ready on time.

And don't forget to take into account all of the texts Mom keeps sending to clarify what should be done. It's a big mathematical task....but your students can do it!

I thought we would be able to finish this task in two math blocks, but it took us 3 days.  However, it was three days of hard work. I couldn't believe how many comments I heard such as, "This is so hard" and "This is why my husband will do the shopping." It was definitely a challenging task. For some students just learning to read a recipe and figure out how many batches they will need to make was a chore.  Everyone spent all three days fully engaged and working can't ask for much more in a mathematical task. You can find this task at TpT.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks fabulous! I'm sure your students loved making their plans! I think this would work for my third graders too. Thanks for sharing! :)