Math Students Use Snacks to Learn Concepts

By Brittany Lee and Rillene Nielsen

Learning new math concepts can be tough sometimes, but when you can snack as you learn, like seventh-grade students in Miss Brittany Lee’s class did, learning becomes easier.

Miss Lee reported, “In honors Math 7 we learned how to combine like terms using Goldfish, pretzels, and Cheez-its. Students explored which crackers you can group together then students explored how to use the grouping method to simplify expressions.”

Because students learn in a variety of ways, Miss Lee, along with the other teachers in the SFJH Math Department, uses a variety of techniques to help students grasp concepts.  This is called differentiation.  Students manipulate models (kinesthetic learning) and can see (visual learning) grouping patterns.  In this way, many learning styles are accommodated.