Fourth grade students recently were assigned a challenge - use the skills they had learned in math and group work to meet a real need in the local community. Students were asked by the Becketwood Holiday Decorations Committee to provide decorations for the cooperative living community.
The students began with a brainstorming and research session. They participated in a gallery walk of pictures of Christmas decorations where students noticed and wondered what they had in common. Students shared their ideas and collectively decided to design and build gingerbread houses for the Decorations Committee.
The Great Gingerbread House Project began!
The students' work integrated many math standards. Students made drafts and final copies of everything needed to design the gingerbread houses: floor plans, calculations of the area and perimeter, and front and side views of their houses.
Then, they built the houses out of traditional gingerbread materials - graham crackers, marshmallows, frosting, and lots of different types of candy!
The students installed their houses on December 4th, and met several people who live at Becketwood. Students talked to them and explained the entire process.
Congratulations, students, on work well done!