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5th Grade Baking with Fractions

Posted on April 03, 2019 in: General News

Over the last month, our 5th graders have been studying the skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers.  In order to show their expertise in the area, they were given a project.  Students were grouped into teams of two, and each team was given a variety of recipes.  Each recipe had  incorrect ingredient amounts - as an example 3 and 1/3 eggs.

THE CHALLENGE? 

For each ingredient in the recipe, the team was expected, as an example: to add 1/3, subtract 1/5, multiply by 3/8 and divide by 3/7 which would result in the actual ingredient amount.  There were several ingredients that needed to be determined in a recipe before the team was allowed to Bake those Fractions!

There were three recipes to follow: Chocolate Chip, Sugar, or Snicker Doodle Cookies.  The Cafeteria Ladies, under the direction of Mrs. Ann Orr, and several parents helped the teams as they went through the line to measure out the "Dry Ingredients" and again when they measured or collected the wet ingredients.

From there, teams creamed butter and sugar, added dry ingredients, scooped out the cookies onto the sheets, and baked them.  While the sweet aroma of cookies wafted under their noses, they were washing their dishes and cleaning their prep areas.

Once done, the cookies were cooled and the teams enjoyed them along with milk in Hall C.  Of course, they had a few cookies left, so they took them home to share with the family.

  Ingredients being prepared       
   Cookies on sheets              
 Ready to Bake            
  Clean-up Required    
      Enjoying the Cookies!   
Mrs. Wyatt's Class   

 

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