The Great Cookie Exchange & Giveaway

Making cookies with your students is a great way to connect math and real-world problems.  Try hosting The Great Cookie Exchange this year!

The couple weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break can some times cause you to want to pull your hair out!  You have a zillion and one things to get done and no time.  This can often cause the holiday cheer to be wiped from your face.  I have a solution that is sure to bring that smile back to your face.  I mean who doesn't love cookies and free things?!?!

We have all probably participated in some kind of cookie exchange from time to time, but have you ever considered having one with your class or even grade level?  If you haven't done this before, I highly recommend it.  A lot of schools won't let you have a holiday party any more so this is a good way around it.  Tap into some math (elapsed time, adding fractions with unlike denominators, and adding decimals, doubling/tripling the recipe) and make! WIN!

Here is how it works:

You choose a few easy cookie recipes with minimal ingredients.  If you choose to do this with your grade level or across a couple grade levels if your school is small, your students will vote on the one they want to bake.  If you are doing this in only your class, choose 4 to 6 different types of cookies to have your students vote on and make the top three kinds.

Cooking naturally lends itself to real-world math application.

  • How many cookies do I need?
  • How many batches of cookies do I need to get that quantity? 
  • How much does all the ingredients cost?  
  • What happens to the cost if I double this recipe? Or even triple it?
  • How much of each ingredient do I need?  What if I double or triple the recipe to make more cookies?
  • How much time do I need to bake different cookies at different temperatures for different amounts of time?
Everything you need to host a mathematical cookie exchange in 4-6th grades.
Get your holiday cookie exchange planning guide here.

It can be a big mess if you don't plan things out in advance because it does take some coordination and a lot of help from your students' families to make it run smoothly.  I have put together a guide to help tackle the math behind it, the logistics, and it is on sale until December 1st for half off.  Check it out and let me know how it goes by using the hashtag #TheGreatCookieExchange and tag me @hookstersideas so I can see what your students and you came up with!

Some common mishaps are bound to happen, but with a good plan, you are likely to alleviate some of them!


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