Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Make a Peanut Butter, Cheese, and Mayo Sandwich

Math is as much about processes and creative thinking as it is crunching numbers, and perhaps the best way to clarify steps in a procedure or find a solution is to write it down.  

You can make a list or draw pictures.  You can also tell it in a story.

Here is an idea for an exercise in following/giving instructions, and turning it into a work of creative nonfiction.

Step 1: Choose a Task

A peanut butter, cheese, and mayo sandwich is more interesting than making a plain old PBJ.  By giving an unusual task, the lesson immediately becomes fascinating.


For multiple participants, brainstorm a list of silly (but feasible) tasks.  Have everyone choose their task at random.

You could also create problems that need to be solved.

Step 2:  Make a To Do List

Write down all the steps in tutorial form.

Step 3:  Do the Task

Make sure to compare the steps in the tutorial to the actual performing of the task to ensure accuracy.

Step 4:  Write About It.

As soon after completion of the task as possible write a story about what happened.  Be as detailed as possible, describing the setting, any mistakes, etc.  

The more interesting the task or problem, the better the story will be!

Class Discussion

Share ideas for interesting tasks/problems!

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Happy Homeschooling!
Mrs. Redd

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