I am here today to share an idea that I will be using very soon to keep us all sane and working as we head towards the end of the school year. As you may know I do an ABC countdown to the end of the year. This is an idea I got from Jivey and the Collaboration Cuties last year. It was a huge success and my students have been asking about it for the last few weeks. They are so excited to get started with our countdown (so am I). This weekend I am planning out our calendar - some days I am changing from last year - but some are must dos!! One of the must do days is Ice Cream Day!! The ABC Countdown and Ice Cream Day are a great way to keep students motivated so I am linking up with the most motivating teacher I know, Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her linky...
Our countdown starts on Thursday. We will be starting with A is for ABC day and we will be starting ABC Countdown booklets. B is for Bubble Gum day. F is for Field Trip day - since we have a field day on the right day, woohoo. And I is for Ice Cream Day.
We will spend our math class working on combination problem solving. Here is a pic.
I let students work out the problem how ever they want - but I do use it as a chance to review problem solving strategies and skills (making a tree diagram, using short forms, working in a organized manner).
Students will also get a chance to create a picture of their ideal ice cream treat. I have my students create a picture of their ideal ice cream sundae and label all the parts.
The best part - in the afternoon we have an ice cream sundae buffet. I bring in ice cream, whip cream, cherries, sprinkles, gummy worms and chocolate syrup. I do not bring in all the options listed on the math problems : ) Students make a yummy treat. One year we had to have our ice cream buffet in the staff room since I do not have A/C in my room and it was soooo hot the ice cream would not last 2 minutes!! I think the students were more excited about being in the staff room eating then they were about the ice cream.
The ice cream problems I use with my students are in this little pack over in my TPT store.
It is only $1.00 - so to help you check out I put some of my other math activities on sale for $1.00 for a limited time (Math Operation Review with QR Codes is a great deal if I say so myself!!)
This ice cream math is similar to the hot chocolate math problems I use in the winter. If you want to check that out you can pick up a free copy at my TpT store.
Hope you are all having a great weekend! Remember I will be getting a blog update soon with a new look and new name....same me : ) !