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Friday February 19, 2016 at 10:00am Age: 3 yrs
Category: Minisink Elementary


On Feb. 18, 2016--the 100th day of school--Mrs. Jacobs’ kindergarten students celebrated this milestone by wearing paper crowns and learning about math in a tangible and tasty way. Ongoing math lessons are teaching students about volume and comparisons, and the difference between counting and estimating. What better way to practice and grasp these concepts than with snacks? 


“We’re making trail mix and counting by 10s,” said Brandon. “Everyone brought 100 of something,” added Adrianna. To celebrate the 100th day of school, Mrs. Jacobs asked her students to bring 100 of their favorite trail-mix ingredient. M&M’s, pretzels, gold fish, fruit loops, marshmallows and more arrived in sandwich-size to gallon-size bags and were used to demonstrate the volume factor. “What looks like more? One hundred chocolate chips or 100 marshmallows?” Mrs. Jacobs asked. “And what size bag makes 100 of the same thing look like more?” 

The class’s estimation jar went from filled with air to an estimated 10 Hershey’s kisses in different colors and provided an opportunity to practice number bonds. And the math lessons continued through the day, until everyone’s 100 goodies were mixed in a large bowl to make the best trail-mix ever, the students agreed. (Click on title for a class picture.)