Collaborative lesson teaches math and cooking

Mrs. Zandra Jones’ Algebra I class and Mrs. Denita Jarratt’s Introduction to Human Services class recently collaborated to bring math and cooking together. Students sometimes have difficulty grasping mathematical concepts. Taking math into the kitchen is a visual way to make abstract concepts become concrete. The students learned the basic steps of reading and following a recipe, as well as standard abbreviations, equivalents in cooking and addition and multiplication of fractions. The students doubled a recipe for M&M cookies and made them from scratch. Teaching math through cooking incorporates all the five senses into the learning experience, so the students remember the lesson for a longer period. It is effective for visual learners, auditory learners as well as kinesthetic or “hands-on” learners.

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