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March 15, 2017

The Cookie Fiasco: Learning Activities, Free Printables, and a Recipe!

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Over the last few months, we’ve been reading Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems and let me tell you, my students L-O-V-E them! They were so excited to find out that Elephant & Piggie introduce The Cookie Fiasco — a sidesplitting beginning reader that incorporates number sense, sharing, and problem-solving.

    Introducing the Book

    When I come across a new great book, the first thing I always want to do is share it — and boy were my students happy. I think I had as much fun reading The Cookie Fiasco as they did listening to it. Their constant giggling filled my teacher heart. I love this easy reader because it’s far from boring, like many beginning readers tend to be.

    Something they noticed right away: speech bubbles — and lots of them! The bubbles are also color-coded to match the animal that is talking, making it easy for children to follow along and know which character is talking throughout the story. One of my students even suggested that I read one of the speech bubbles in a different way — and it was a big improvement! This, of course, made my heart swell knowing that my students are moving from decoding to reading for meaning and with prosody.

    Making Cookies and Giving Thanks

    After reading The Cookie Fiasco, my kids begged me to make cookies, so we made cookies!

    Learning is way better when you’re having fun, and that holds true for both the student and the teacher! My kids were so excited to make the cookies. Each one had an opportunity to be a part of turning simple ingredients into yummy cookies! They measured, poured, stirred, and scooped. I even let them crack the eggs. It’s pretty fun watching little ones engage in cooking. Click HERE to download the recipe we used — it’s one of my favorites.

     

    We made our cookies in the morning because that’s when it fit best into our schedule, but saved them to eat for our afternoon snack, and boy were they worth the wait! As we waited, (I should say THEY waited — don’t tell them I ate two at lunch!) we shared some with our classroom volunteers and the wonderful women who baked the cookies for us. We made cards to thank them and delivered a plate of cookies for them to enjoy! My kids were so happy and there was a whole lot of hugging going on in that kitchen. Melt.my.heart!

    Math, Math, and More Math!

    Cookie Subtraction

    Subtraction is challenging in kindergarten, so I am always looking for different ways to teach the concept of taking away. What better way than sharing cookies. My kids had so much fun drawing cookies and even deciding who they would share them with. After drawing their pictures, they had to write a number sentence that represented their drawings. They were awesome and I am confident that providing an opportunity for my students to draw pictures helped them deepen their understanding of subtraction.

    Cookie Number Line

    Little ones like to move — a lot! I must remind myself of this daily!

    So, I decided to make a whole bunch of paper cookies and give my students turns acting out cookie-sharing problems. At first I had to model and guide them, but they got the hang of it after just a few times. Our number line only goes to 20, so it kept their number sentences within their range. The kids placed the number of cookies they started with (minuend) on the number line, then they would remove the number of cookies they shared (subtrahend), and they quickly started to see that the cookies that remained (difference), was the answer. It was a fun and active day in math!

    Favorite Cookie Survey

     

    Graphing activities in kindergarten include collecting data and organizing it in a variety of ways. In this activity, my students asked their classmates to choose which cookie they liked best, then put a tally mark next to the cookie name. After surveying 10 of their friends, they returned to their tables and began graphing their data. They rocked this activity! When they were done, they had tally marks representing the data, colorful graphs, (Yes, I like them to look pretty!) and even drew a picture of their favorite cookie.

    Graphing Our Favorite Cookies

    Since we only surveyed 10 of our friends, I thought it would be fun to see what was our class’s favorite cookie. The kids got to make their very own cookie and add it to graph for all of us to see which cookie was the favorite. Sugar cookies came in first, but Oreos came in a close second. After my kids built the graph, we took time to analyze the data we collected. We talked about most and least, counted cookies, added numbers, and discussed difference. A whole lot of math learning went on that day, without the kids even realizing they were acquiring new information. They just thought they were having fun, which is why I love activities like these!

    More Great Cookie Books

    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

    Scholastic Printables

    Adding Cookies

    Who doesn't love cookies? This colorful page uses a simple rhyme, a draw-in graphic, and fill-in blanks to build children's skills in reading, writing, counting, and basic addition.

    Subtraction Cookies

     

    Students read an irresistible story in which math is used in everyday situations, such as subtracting within 10. This reinforces the idea to young children that we are living in a math-oriented world.

    Who Stole the Cookies?

    Develop early reading and phonemic awareness skills with this singalong mini-book. This storybook includes several additional activities to create a meaningful interactive exercise.

    What Fun Activities Are You Doing This Month?

    I would love to hear all about the fun things you and your students do with your favorite read-aloud. Please use the comment area below to share your thoughts and activities.

    Thanks for reading and I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and warm chocolate chip cookies!

    Hugs,

    Shari Check out my other blog posts!

    Over the last few months, we’ve been reading Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems and let me tell you, my students L-O-V-E them! They were so excited to find out that Elephant & Piggie introduce The Cookie Fiasco — a sidesplitting beginning reader that incorporates number sense, sharing, and problem-solving.

    Introducing the Book

    When I come across a new great book, the first thing I always want to do is share it — and boy were my students happy. I think I had as much fun reading The Cookie Fiasco as they did listening to it. Their constant giggling filled my teacher heart. I love this easy reader because it’s far from boring, like many beginning readers tend to be.

    Something they noticed right away: speech bubbles — and lots of them! The bubbles are also color-coded to match the animal that is talking, making it easy for children to follow along and know which character is talking throughout the story. One of my students even suggested that I read one of the speech bubbles in a different way — and it was a big improvement! This, of course, made my heart swell knowing that my students are moving from decoding to reading for meaning and with prosody.

    Making Cookies and Giving Thanks

    After reading The Cookie Fiasco, my kids begged me to make cookies, so we made cookies!

    Learning is way better when you’re having fun, and that holds true for both the student and the teacher! My kids were so excited to make the cookies. Each one had an opportunity to be a part of turning simple ingredients into yummy cookies! They measured, poured, stirred, and scooped. I even let them crack the eggs. It’s pretty fun watching little ones engage in cooking. Click HERE to download the recipe we used — it’s one of my favorites.

     

    We made our cookies in the morning because that’s when it fit best into our schedule, but saved them to eat for our afternoon snack, and boy were they worth the wait! As we waited, (I should say THEY waited — don’t tell them I ate two at lunch!) we shared some with our classroom volunteers and the wonderful women who baked the cookies for us. We made cards to thank them and delivered a plate of cookies for them to enjoy! My kids were so happy and there was a whole lot of hugging going on in that kitchen. Melt.my.heart!

    Math, Math, and More Math!

    Cookie Subtraction

    Subtraction is challenging in kindergarten, so I am always looking for different ways to teach the concept of taking away. What better way than sharing cookies. My kids had so much fun drawing cookies and even deciding who they would share them with. After drawing their pictures, they had to write a number sentence that represented their drawings. They were awesome and I am confident that providing an opportunity for my students to draw pictures helped them deepen their understanding of subtraction.

    Cookie Number Line

    Little ones like to move — a lot! I must remind myself of this daily!

    So, I decided to make a whole bunch of paper cookies and give my students turns acting out cookie-sharing problems. At first I had to model and guide them, but they got the hang of it after just a few times. Our number line only goes to 20, so it kept their number sentences within their range. The kids placed the number of cookies they started with (minuend) on the number line, then they would remove the number of cookies they shared (subtrahend), and they quickly started to see that the cookies that remained (difference), was the answer. It was a fun and active day in math!

    Favorite Cookie Survey

     

    Graphing activities in kindergarten include collecting data and organizing it in a variety of ways. In this activity, my students asked their classmates to choose which cookie they liked best, then put a tally mark next to the cookie name. After surveying 10 of their friends, they returned to their tables and began graphing their data. They rocked this activity! When they were done, they had tally marks representing the data, colorful graphs, (Yes, I like them to look pretty!) and even drew a picture of their favorite cookie.

    Graphing Our Favorite Cookies

    Since we only surveyed 10 of our friends, I thought it would be fun to see what was our class’s favorite cookie. The kids got to make their very own cookie and add it to graph for all of us to see which cookie was the favorite. Sugar cookies came in first, but Oreos came in a close second. After my kids built the graph, we took time to analyze the data we collected. We talked about most and least, counted cookies, added numbers, and discussed difference. A whole lot of math learning went on that day, without the kids even realizing they were acquiring new information. They just thought they were having fun, which is why I love activities like these!

    More Great Cookie Books

    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

    Scholastic Printables

    Adding Cookies

    Who doesn't love cookies? This colorful page uses a simple rhyme, a draw-in graphic, and fill-in blanks to build children's skills in reading, writing, counting, and basic addition.

    Subtraction Cookies

     

    Students read an irresistible story in which math is used in everyday situations, such as subtracting within 10. This reinforces the idea to young children that we are living in a math-oriented world.

    Who Stole the Cookies?

    Develop early reading and phonemic awareness skills with this singalong mini-book. This storybook includes several additional activities to create a meaningful interactive exercise.

    What Fun Activities Are You Doing This Month?

    I would love to hear all about the fun things you and your students do with your favorite read-aloud. Please use the comment area below to share your thoughts and activities.

    Thanks for reading and I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and warm chocolate chip cookies!

    Hugs,

    Shari Check out my other blog posts!

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