Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ice Cream Math

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While looking through one of my June resources, I saw that June 8th is ice cream day (at least according to this book.) Why? Apparently on June 8th, 1786 the first commercially made ice cream was advertised in New York City. I was equally surprised to read that the first ice cream cone wasn't to be found for another 120 years! Wait until Jayden hears that one, he lives for ice cream cones.

I decided in my effort to keep things fun and educational all at the same time we would celebrate this small, and probably unknown, fact with an ice cream day. You know, make ice cream in baggies (since I have no coffee cans to kick around), and come up with some whacky sundae flavors. I'm pretty sure the boys could come up with something that might rival Ben & Jerry's, all though it's pretty hard to top Phish Food...

The book also suggested making ice cream math facts. When it comes to math I'm all for anything that's hands on and fun. Which means I jumped all over this idea. I ended up making some simple math facts on ice cream scoops of varying flavors. The facts only go up to 6, don't ask me why but that's all I did. The cones each have a number from 2-20.

The idea is for the kids to match the scoops to the proper cone. They are also made so that there should be no double scoops of the same flavor on any given cone. This is a self-check type help. The boys played with it earlier and I noticed two chocolate scoops on one cone and pointed out the self-check theory. They quickly figured out which one was wrong and moved it.

The boys have all ready played it through a few times. Morgan was much more into it and I was impressed with how quickly he was able to work out some of the patterns. In fact I was going to explain the pattern to him this week for when we add 10 to a number, but he totally burst my bubble by announcing to me this evening that when you add 10 to any number except ten you get a teen. I nodded and said, "Wow, you're right." He informed me that he learned that while using the bathroom. Yes, I hung the addition poster in the bathroom. You can laugh all you want, but clearly he reads it!

If you're interested you can download your own copy here. It's a 12 page pdf so it may take a minute or so to load. I printed mine on regular computer paper (A4 to be exact, but they were made in a program that saved it to typical 8.5x11 paper so don't panic!), and then ran them through my laminator before cutting them apart. If you have any problems downloading them just let me know. We're just storing them in a ziplock baggie. (That's right Uncle Chris.. a ziplock baggie so everyone will know they are mine!) Enjoy!

10 comments:

The Unsell Family said...

What fun!

schmobes said...

These are great! Kiddo will love them--especially if it is followed by eating ice cream!

TNash said...

I printed these out. They look great! I would love to be able to make something like this for multiplication. Can you tell me where you got the cone graphics?

Kendra said...

I did a simple search via google.. If you can't find them I can put the graphics up for grabs for you. :) We'll probably need multiplication ones by the end of the year too.

Christie said...

LOVE the ice cream cone math!! So fun!! I think my k'ner will love this!! Thanks for the link!!

Love your blog btw. I found it through Our Busy Homeschool's blog. I would love to participate in your weekly workbox posts when we get started!!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Can I get the link for the icecream templates? I wanted to make multiplication ones for my son. You have such great ideas! Thanks :-)

Kendra said...

Ann.. I did a google search for an ice cream cone pattern and then using my scrapbooking program edited the colors and such. :) I've made a Multiple Mitten Madness Game that I'll be posting a PDF for soon. It covers multiplication with mittens instead of ice cream.. ;)

Liz said...

Just a quick note - there are two pink scoops of ice cream for the #8. There are also no scoops for 16-20. Just FYI. If I fiddle around with your graphics to make harder ones I'll let you know, so you can add it if you like it.

Liz said...

Kendra, just FYI I recently linked back to this post from my blog. I have a pic of my children doing the Ice Cream math game on a post about games so I linked back to this post. http://welearn4fun.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/games-games-games/

Anonymous said...

Awesome! It would be great if there was some sort of template, though; that way we could add in different types of equations if we wanted, and maybe the children could color their own ice cream cones. Any chance you could put up some blank templates?

Good work!