Thursday, September 20, 2012

Munchy Math

Does anyone else like using food in the classroom to teach?  Those of you on my facebook page know I am a huge fan of using food in the classroom!  Back when I taught Kindergarten, I was lucky enough to have parents donate loads of extra snacks for Munchy Math Fridays!  Every single Friday I came up with something fun to do with the food they brought in.  I had Cheese-Its, colored Gold Fish crackers, different kinds of cereal, etc. donated.

Food can be used for graphing, counting, adding, subtracting, making patterns, etc.  Older students can use it for multiplying, dividing, fractions, place value (how about use pretzels sticks for tens, skittles or cherrios for ones, and crackers for hundreds, and maybe graham crackers for thousands?) etc.  The Kindergarten children loved it and had so much fun!

So I have made a freebie for you!  This one is for Pre-k, Kindergarten, or struggling 1st graders.  It uses Candy Corn.  If you use the color copy do it in small groups or centers.  If you print them in black and white it could be done in color.  Give each child 20 pieces of candy corn or whatever number you are currently working on (only use those cards).  Children pick a card and read the number (numbers go from 0 to 20).  They take out and count that many pieces of candy.  Then the next child picks a card and does the same thing until all cards are used or time is up.  There are two worksheets one from 0 to 20 and the other from 0 to 10 that have the children drawing candy corn.  When completed they can eat the candy!  Of course that is the best part and what motivates the children! 

Click on the picture to get your FREE game!  Please leave me a nice comment and rating on TPT for downloading it, it only takes a minute!

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