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Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Math Learning—Eat It Up!

Summer is only a few weeks away, and it's a great time to sample the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables filling our local farmer's markets and grocery stores. If you have an outdoor garden or an indoor pot of herbs, you can enjoy picking your own. 
As you shop, bring in a few extra fruits or vegetables to class, along with a scale. Show your students how to weigh produce and estimate the total cost based on the cost per pound.
Let them divide recipes into smaller serving sizes or double recipes to practice their math skills in real-life situations. Encourage them to try some recipes at home and freeze the leftovers. 
Talk about equivalent measurements such as 4 quarts = a gallon or 8 ounces = a cup. Do some baking together. Or, on hot days, make a batch of no-bake cookies or a tray of fruit juice pops. (Simply fill ice cube trays with fruit juice. Add a craft stick to each cube while it's still slushy. Let freeze, and enjoy!)
The Children's Nutrition and Research Center in Houston has put together a fun Healthy Eating Calculator you can have your students (and their families) use to encourage good nutrition over the summer months: www.kidsnutrition.org/HealthyEating_calculator.htm

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