Each week students from POD 3 do some ‘real life math’ in our kitchen. The mathematical connections made in these learning opportunities are amazing. It’s when the kids are back in the classroom or out in the yard and you hear comment like, “it’s like what we did in cooking, a half a cup and and a quarter of a cup is the same as 3/4’s of a cup”.
Another conversation was about eggs and the depth of thought and reasoning was pretty amazing. When you think about the ‘chicken and the egg’ scenario, that is which comes first…one of our students said,”all the eggs must be girls”, so this led to the opportunity to ask the question, “Where do the roosters come from?” The surprise and conversations that arose out of this discussion was an opportunity to talk about averages and that approximately 50% or 1/2 of the eggs must potentially be male.
These are the ‘wow’ moments and are celebrated by the kids and the staff.
What maths can you cook up in the kitchen?