Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Try This Tuesday: Chicken nugget math

Dh gets credit for this one. Cuddlebug and Bearhug really like math, and when they mastered adding and subtracting, dh taught them to add/subtract with several digits (with carrying and borrowing).

He then moved on to basic multiplication. They already knew how to count by 2's, 5's, 10's, etc. so it wasn't much of a leap to say "5 x 3 means count by 5's 3 times" so they picked that up pretty well.

We weren't sure how to go about teaching them division, until dh came up with "chicken nugget math." Basically he told them, if you have x number of people and y chicken nuggets, how many nuggets does each person get? (Illustrated below, the green circles are supposed to be plates, lol).
Because it was concrete, visual (at least mentally), and something they could easily relate to, they picked it up pretty quickly. He even taught them remainders this way. For example, if you have 11 chicken nuggets and two people, how many does each person get and how many are left over? The leftovers are the "remainder."

It was great because he'd start with one and then keep building on it. Like, I have 20 chicken nuggets and it's lunch time for the two of you, how many will each of you get? What if Bitty decides to join you, then how many does each person get? What if mama joined too? dada? You get the idea.

So, for any of you that may be teaching math concepts right now, that's my idea for this week's Try This Tuesday :). Hope it helps.

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Anonymous said...

Oh, that's great! A little advanced for us, right now, but I love this idea and will be keeping it in mind! I love the visual you made too. :) I'm been wondering how to explain math to Daniel and not overwhelm him with language. We're just starting with addition and subtraction. Thank you!!

hellokittiemama on August 26, 2008 at 7:53 AM said...

Wow - excellent idea!!!!

I'm sure my kids would be eating the nuggets instead of doing the math with them though!!!!

lonestar818 on August 26, 2008 at 8:06 AM said...

@hellokittiemama - that would be subtraction, heheh :)

Amazing_Grace on August 26, 2008 at 8:22 AM said...

LOL! Love this! :)

Anonymous said...

Cool- shows you can learn with anything- Just taking the time to do it!!!

Dianna on August 26, 2008 at 9:00 AM said...

That is a great idea! Love that it is something the kids can relate to. No where near teaching math yet...boys only 5 months, but I love learning tips from other moms and dads and storing them away for down the road.

Bitsy on August 26, 2008 at 10:19 AM said...

This is great! We are constantly doing some sort of math around here but I never thought to use the food - brilliant!

Amazing_Grace on August 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM said...

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PsychMamma on August 26, 2008 at 2:16 PM said...

Fantastic idea! I think anything that makes teaching more concrete/visual is helpful for kids. The chicken nugget idea is brilliant.

Thanks for sharing!

Frogs' mom on August 26, 2008 at 10:21 PM said...

It is always so much easier to learn when one is truly emotionally invested - and for young siblings, what stronger emotion is there than "am I going to get my fair share?!"

Kudos to DH and you little mathletes :0).

Trish on August 28, 2008 at 7:35 PM said...

This is such a wonderful idea - I love it! Thanks for sharing. :)


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