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Critical thinking skills

Number Sense and Operations – Fractions

Solve real-world problems


Justify a solution

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Measuring cups and spoons 

Cooking up fractions

Less than 1 hour
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Students will use recipes to apply their knowledge of adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. The teacher will demonstrate then students will experiment with measuring cups and spoons. Begin with a simple trail mix recipe like the trail mix below (Check for nut allergies). Have students to calculate the measurements for each ingredient to triple, double, half and quarter the recipe.  This is an excellent lesson to use when you want your students to write about math.  You can easily adjust the difficulty of the lesson by changing the recipe or having them to make the recipe for an assigned number of students.

1/4 cup Cranberries, dried
1/4 cup Chocolate candies
1/4 Almonds
1 cup Goldfish crackers
1/4 cup Marshmallows, mini

Essential Question: 

How can my knowledge of fractions help me in real life?

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