Today’s kitchen math discussion: “What do you notice about the kitchen conversion chart?”
Next Inquiry: “What don’t you know?”
Investigation: Materials: paper/pencils/colored pencils/crayons or family learning journals (back of journal). Remind them to turn to the next available page and date it. Ask them to write the name for today’s kitchen math.
Inquire:Conversion charts are great tools for quick referencing in real time. Discuss how you use conversion charts. Ask: “How could you re-create this kitchen conversion chart into your learning journal?”; “What if you needed to cut the recipe in half, how would the conversion chart help ensure the right amounts of ingredients?” ; “What if these cookies were being used at a cookie exchange and you decided that these cookies would be your exchange?”; “What would you need to know?”; “What don’t you know?” *Let them have 5-6 minutes to draft their thoughts (without talking). When they are finished, have them share how they came to their conclusions. *Cookie exchanges have a certain number of people (5-10), extend the discussion about what they would need to shop for: cookie recipe ingredients; Christmas plates; cling wrap and candy ribbon; copies of the cookie recipe, etc).
Kitchen Lab: *Invite them to bake the cookies and/or decide on a “Friend’s Holiday Cookie” exchange. “Let’s investigate!”
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