Hey there everyone!  I am Faith from Kindergarten Faith, and I am so excited to be guest blogging here with Kindergarten Smorgasbord.   I have been teaching for 10 years, and the last 4 have been in Kindergarten.   Before that I taught 6th Grade Reading and English.  Moving to kindergarten was a big change, but I have never felt more at home.

One of the things that I believe as an educator is that we must “Keep it Real” for our students.  I truly believe that if kids can personally relate to a topic/subject, they learn it soooooo much better.   So…..today I want to share one of my “yummy” kindergarten math lessons.

McDonalds French Fry Subtraction Fun

We have been working on addition, and this week we started subtraction.  Yeah!  The kids knew exactly what we were going to be doing when I put the “manipulatives” on the board.  I know you can’t really eat these French Fries, but we sure had fun with them.

I started by giving each child a small red rectangle and a medium sized orange rectangle of construction paper, and a regular piece of white paper.  I explained where to put the glue so they could still get their French fries in out of the the “box,” and I showed them how to cut 10 French fries using the orange piece of paper.  Oh yes, don’t forget the golden arch (except we had to make it black).  :o)

Then the fun began!!  I picked a student and said, “Sarah went to McDonalds and bought 8 french fries. Then she ate 5.  How many does she have left?”  We wrote out the problem on our paper, and then figured out the answer using our French fries.   If she bought 8, we only put 8 in our box……and so on for what ever the student bought.   Just for entertainment, I let the student that went to McDonalds tell me how many they wanted to eat.   They loved that part!!!

Yes, I even had some of my students make paper money because they told me we could not go buy French fries if we didn’t have money!  The money started pretty small, but due to our late April snow,  the money grew by the end of the day.  Yes, these are  $100.00 dollar bills! They weren’t buying French fries anymore.   :o)

I hope you found this activity useful!  If your kiddos enjoy it even half as much as mine, you are sure to have an entertaining math class.  Please visit my blog for more exciting classroom activities like this one.  Also, if you find my ideas creative and helpful, please follow and share!!   And finally ….. a big thanks to Greg for giving me this opportunity to share a little bit of my classroom fun with his friends.

Kindergarten Faith

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  • Reply Ms. D April 7, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Super cute idea, Faith! Can't wait to try this with my kiddos!
    The Eagle's Nest

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