This incredible edible project is so much fun to do with students in the winter. Whether it's just before winter break while they're wiggly or when the return from the break when they're, well, wiggly, this project will motivate and excite every student.
Don't be fooled by the photos of houses - this project requires A LOT OF MATH! Students will find area and perimeter, draw front and side silhouettes of 3D houses, and multiply, multiply, multiply.
To learn more about the project, check out this blog post: http://www.elementarymathconsultant.com/math-project-great-gingerbread-house-project/
This inclusive project works for ALL students. It is visual, hands-on, and has many entry points for solving each math problem.
Your students will have a blast doing math with this project!
PS: See below for information about what's included and what you'll need to gather to create the gingerbread houses. Items with an asterisk are not included with the project materials. Everything else is!
11 x 17” grid paper - lots of this! Each student will use several sheets for drafts of floorplans, front views, and side views, plus final copies for each partner group. Be sure you are printing on 11x17” paper.
Predictions & Actuals sheet - one per partner group
Partner Checklist - one per partner group
Qualities Needed slips - print one page per 3 students
*Notebook paper - for students to calculate area and perimeter
*Posters* - one per partner group
Staples, glue, scissors, markers - for putting together posters
Graham cracker templates - one sheet per student
*Files or folders for partners to keep their work in throughout the project
Teacher checklist, cheat sheet, and Play-by-play lesson plan
*Gingerbread House Supplies
These are ESTIMATES based on past classes
Graham Crackers: 28 Boxes of Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers only! (This brand is best because the crackers are the right size.)
Icing: (4) 32oz cartons of egg whites
(12) 2lb bags of powdered sugar
Chocolate Chips: 6 Bags of chocolate chips
Optional Decorations: 2 large packs of Twizzlers
3 bags of candy canes
2 large bags of skittles
(Or other various colorful candies.)
Bases: we used cardboard wrapped in foil