A fun and engaging math class helped kids get a sweet taste of math using Candyland.
The third grade math team at Williams-Ledger Elementary School had a lot of fun increasing their math skills as they were climbing Gumdrop Mountain, storming Licorice Castle, and skipping through the Lollipop Woods.
The team came up with the idea, led by teacher Jennifer Doss.
“All levels of instruction were targeted while the students had fun learning math,” Doss said.
Each grade level chose an area of the game board and recreated it in the cafeteria. The second grade class created 2D and 3D shapes with gumdrops and toothpicks based on a word on a card. The gumdrops were vertices and toothpicks were edges. Kindergarteners also created 2D shapes and older students answered the more difficult questions about the 3D ones.
“We were having a family night and wanted to put a sweet twist on it to add to the fun for our students,” said Instructional Coordinator Jill Ranes. “The math activities were all geared to our ‘obsessive focus’ areas determined by our campus STAAR test scores from the previous year. Teachers designed fun games and activities to those specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills as well as incorporating candy and sweets. Many grade levels built on their activities so all students, K-5, could play them.”