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Number Sense and Numeration
● Use fruit and vegetables and other foods from Canada’s Food Guide to do activities related to estimating and counting objects, and simple problem solving (If you ate 7 grapes and I ate 12 grapes, I can say that I ate 5 more grapes than you did, or you ate 5 fewer grapes than I did.”I can share 12 carrot sticks equally among 4 friends by giving each person 3 carrot sticks.”)
● Visit a grocery store for real life examples of costing and problem solving (price out different sizes of bags of apples/potatoes, boxes of cereal, etc.; At Andrew’s Deli, cheese is on sale for $11.50 for one kilogram. How much would it cost to purchase 150 g of cheese?; the number of servings and the quantities in a recipe, the amount of couscous in one package and the number of servings if you cook half of the box.)
● Use grocery store flyers to do simple problem solving and develop financial skills.
● Have the class prepare a recipe and do calculations to modify the recipe based on class size and suggested servings.
● Create cereal boxes, write recipes or compile cookbooks.
● Write recipes and compile a classroom cookbook where students cost out a meal.
● Use healthy food and beverage items when using non-standard units of measurement (e.g., water bottle, bag of oranges or carrots, bag of milk, etc.)
● Measure student height using apples or other food items.
● Measure the units required to build a school vegetable garden.
Geometry and Spatial Sense
● Locate an object using the cardinal directions (i.e., north, south, east, west) and a coordinate system (e.g.,“If I walk 5 steps north and 3 steps east, I will arrive at the apple tree.”)
Data Management and Probability
● Sort a selection of crackers based on shape, size and grams of fibre.
● Sort grocery according to Canada’s Food Guide food groups.
● Practice fractions using apples, watermelon, pitas or bagels.
● Collect and organize data about the favourite fruit that students in your class like to eat or other healthy eating habits (eg. the number of families that maintain vegetable gardens at home? The number of families that have fruit trees in their yards?)