Who doesn’t love a good mug of hot chocolate in the cold winter months? I’m always trying to tie in real-world experiences into my math lessons and what’s better than combining math and hot chocolate?
Do you have that one bulletin board in your building that everyone struggles with an idea about what should go on it? Does your principal randomly assign grade levels and/or teachers to make sure it gets decorated each month? Sometimes it can be a big pain to figure out what should be displayed and find the time to get it done. In our building we have this issue. Our 4th and 5th-grade hallway has one of these boards and of course, it is located right by entrance and exit doors. If I’m being honest, the bulletin board is usually neglected and some stuff is just thrown up there.
I was walking by the week after winter break and was cold, so I was looking forward to getting back to my room and making a hot chocolate. All of the sudden the idea popped in my head…Let’s take a recipe and have the kids adjust it for various amounts of servings. You can see below what I came up with on Google Slides. I really like thinking of ways to make the bulletin board interactive and get kids thinking.
That night I created a rough idea of what I was thinking and send it to Kristin and to our PTA president as she’s a graphic designer. I wanted the graphic designer’s ideas on making the bulletin board 3D. (see below my for original idea) She politely said, “Do you care if I take some creative liberty?”
She’s a busy lady running our school’s PTA, raising a couple of boys, completing some graphic designing projects… but she came up with this.
When I walked into the building and saw this I was stopped in my tracks and gasped with my hand over my mouth. Let’s take a closer look.
The math on this particular bulletin board is geared toward 5th grade standards (multiplication and division with fractions). That doesn’t mean my 4th graders can’t do the math though. Next week we will go sit in the hall as a class and work through the math of the problems. Fourth graders, even 5th graders, will need to make this conceptual with manipulatives or pictures. That’s great… encourage it! We do not want to just skip to the algorithm and rules. This is an activity your students will remember, especially if you serve hot cocoa with it!
Below you’ll see a link where you can make a copy of the Google Slides I created when I first thought of this idea. When you click on the link it will force you to make a copy in your own Google Drive. Feel free to adjust the numbers and names to fit your specific needs.