Math Lessons with Delicious Results at Branlyn Community School
Caption: Mr. Sage's math class includes applications to culinary skills
One recent math lesson saw Intermediate students applying their understanding of fraction conversion to plan and prepare meals for a large group of people. To carry out the activity, students were asked to choose what they wanted to bake, but then modify the recipe in order to feed 30 people. The result was a tasty snack to share with classmates, and increased understanding of the mathematical concept.
“It’s an excellent way for students to culminate their understanding of equivalent fractions and visually see what various amounts actually look like,” said Trudy Bell, principal at Branlyn Community School. “The final products were not always what was expected as the students worked through some of the measurement challenges. However, they were always good enough to eat!”
Combining design, culinary science, management and teamwork skills along with the necessary mathematical knowledge, students created recipe cards, and then made a plan to carry out the actual meal preparations. Throughout the process, students were highly engaged and hands-on in all aspects, especially at the end when it was time to sample the results of their multi-disciplinary effort.
Caption: Students created recipe conversion charts
“The idea is to help students see that the things they learn in the classroom apply to real life in ways that can be surprising,” said Intermediate teacher Mr. Sage. “By tapping into students’ interests, anything can become an empowering math lesson.”