J4 loves to count and we counted up lots of sticks. They helped to unwrap them and I cut them in half for the dipping and rolling portion. These are breaded cheese sticks that you bake and eat with tomato sauce. They are a huge hit and lack that fried food problem of the more traditional variety in restaurants. A great snack.

I7 picked the mozzarella sticks. We began by counting them up. Blogger is acting a bit peculiar so pardon the seemingly out of order pictures!

So, the first thing we did was to pick out the snacks we wanted to make. All of the snacks we chose (other than the chocolate chip cookie dough) came from The 30 Day Gourmet. We have had the basic book for years to use for getting meals made ahead of time. There is a whole snack section which I encourage you to check out. If you go to the website and become a member, you'll be able to see some of the recipes (including the mozzarella stix Jana!) The snacks chosen were:

- frozen peanut butter bars
- apple squares
- mozzarella sticks
- snack mix
- chocolate cookies/dough

The next step was to use the recipes themselves in the grocery store to determine the cost of the snack. Imagine my children, all equipped with clipboards, walking with me in the grocery store in the late afternoon (as things are picking up with the after work crowd joining us) recording the cost and volume for the ingredients on their list. We would come back to these sheets later on.

The next day, I made these sheets below for the various recipes. I made a chart where given the amounts in the original recipe, the kids had to double, triple, and quadruple the recipe and record it in the chart. This was a great exercise in multiplying fractions and in some conversions.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Multiples

Frozen Peanut Butter Bar Multiples

The original recipes are written out (Click there to see an example of a recipe- that one happens to be fried rice I think) into those large multiple amounts so it was easy to check our answers.

E11 went so far as to determine the cost of the original recipe. He used the price and volume from the product and did the math looking at how much was required of the recipe to determine the total cost of the snack. We were surprised at the initial amount for the frozen peanut butter bars!

This was a terrific exercise in using math in real life ~ living math! We will finish calculating the cost for the rest of the snacks and we'll make them all. Healthy snack right from our freezer and the kids will know the value of the cookie they make compared to the cost of the ones at the store. And they taste better too!

## 3 comments:

This is brilliant.

Thank you Sarah! Once in a while I enjoy originality in my assignments. This was one of them. :)

Fabulous teaching! Thanks for sharing, Heather.

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