October math: Guided Math Activities for National Cookie Month
October is National Cookie Month. There are so many great interdisciplinary activities to do around this celebration. Here are a few that focus on math.
- Survey the Class on their favorite cookie
- Make all kinds of graphs with data: frequency table, tally chart, bar graph, pictograph, pie chart (see graphing post in this blog)
- Have a Chocolate Chip Cookie Taste Test
- Find range, mode, median and average number of chocolate chips in a bag of cookies
1. Make cookies in class
2. Make a timeline of the invention of the chocolate chip cookie
C. Number Sense
- Estimate the average number of chips in a chocolate chip cookie/ compare brands
- Estimate the number of cookies in a jar
Have a Family Cookie Festival. At one of the schools I work with in the Bronx, we usually throw a big Family Math Cookie Day. We set up several cookie stations and the families come and do math, eat well and have fun. One station is to make a cookie in a jar (the children measure out all the dry ingredients and then go home and add the wet stuff (eggs,milk, etc…); another station is to make spider or monster cookies with frosting and various candies; another station is to make s’mores; another station is to guess the amount of cookies in a jar; another station is to graph your favorite cookies. We usually get about 200 to 300 people who come out and have a great time!