PHES students bake cookies and learn math facts
Cookies and math?
Not your usual combination, but kids in Judy Jansen’s 5th grade class at Pinon Hills Elementary are making money by making cookies and learning lots of math facts in the process.
The Kookie Kidz Cookie Co. took cookie orders from students and teachers at school. With the help of parent volunteers, they mixed and baked cookie dough at the school’s kitchen and stage area on Tuesday.
By Thursday, most of the cookies were packaged up, and on Friday, delivered to customers.
Jansen said the project is called “integrated math.”
Chef Adam Jordan of the Carson Valley Inn began the unit by giving a talk to the students on what it takes to set up a business and how to advertise a product. He talked about how much math is important in his job as a chef.
He also talked about what skills students need when looking for a job and how much attitude plays a part in it, Jansen said.
The students studied measurements before making their dough and learned to use a computer to develop order and advertisement forms.
“They had to figure out how many batches of cookies we needed for each type of cookie. Since the cookies are jumbo size, it makes it tougher,” Jansen said.
“We did price comparisons to find the cheapest buys, and several students did the actual shopping for supplies.”
The students were broken into groups to make the cookies and parent helpers operated the ovens.
The different batches of cookies were matched to the orders on Wednesday.
“There was a lot of practical math in the project,” Jansen said. “It was a very valuable lesson.”
Students learned by their mistakes, too, Jansen added, just as they would in the real world. They also learned what employers and customers expect from employees.
The students used the prepayments for orders to buy supplies, and after expenses were figured in, Jansen estimated the project made a profit of over $300. Sorely needed 5th grade literature books will be purchased with the money, Jansen said.