Saturday, May 19, 2012

Toothpicks and Marshmallows

For the last hour of the day on Friday we played with toothpicks and marshmallows. It was a blast and just what we ALL needed.

It was tied into math. We've been studying rectangles, squares, triangles, and circles for the past couple of weeks. I'm really proud of the thinking these kids have done around these shapes.

They figured out that when using these materials the marshmallows were the corners and the toothpicks were the sides. Each of them made a square, a rectangle, and a triangle. And they did it quick!

I offered them a challenge: make one of those shapes that looks different from the ones everyone else has made. They figured out some great ones.

My favorite moment was when one student said, "Ms. Orr, I don't want to do your challenge. I just want to have fun." Then spent the next ten minutes calling across the room, "Ms. Orr! I think I solved your challenge!"

A lot of kids made 3-D shapes as well. This little friend wanted to make a cylinder. I told him I couldn't wait to see how he did it (thinking it was impossible). When he showed me the toothpick filled with marshmallows I was astounded. Brilliant.


Jill Fisch said...

Very cool! I loved the cylinder. The students all look so happy and engaged!

Angel Read said...

That's an awesome activity! Did any of them eat the marshmallows?

Jenny said...

Jill, their engagement at the end of the day on Friday after I've been so cranky was wonderful. It gives me hope for the last few weeks of school.

Angel, I think a few marshmallows might have been eaten. Mostly they were so interested in building that they didn't even think about it.