Review: Eat Your Math Homework
Do you have any budding cooks in your classroom? How about kids that love to eat? Or kids that like to play around with math? Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds is sure to appeal to all groups!
From the introduction:
This is a book about edible math projects. Each section includes an algorithm--a step-by-step recipe--for making a tasty math creation. The recipes range from easy to medium difficulty, and some even include a secret ingredient to make your homework even more delicious. Add loads of fun facts and a math "appeteaser" in every section, and you'll soon discover that learning math has never been more appetizing!
Can't yet picture edible math homework? How about these examples:
- Fibonacci Snack Sticks - create fruit skewers using the Fibonacci number pattern
- Fraction Chips - fry tortillas and cut into fractional sections, finding as many different ways as possible to serve each person 3/4 of a tortilla
- Tessellating Two-Color Brownies - prepare tessellating designs using two different shades of brownies
- Tangram Cookies - cut cookie dough into tangram pieces and make a tangram picture
- Pizza Pi - bake a pizza and find the value of pi
- Probability Trail Mix - calculate the probability of drawing any item from your bag of homemade trail mix
The book also includes mathematical background, historical information, and a glossary. Especially promising for use at home (during snack time or summer vacation), the book makes math a "hands-on" experience like none other.
Visit the related website for a bonus recipe, Chocolate Counting Pretzel Rods. Teachers can download a free 16 page guide. The author also shares math snack examples in a video on the Charlesbridge website.