This afternoon we came back to the kitchen to make the treats. Yikes! I found one opened package of marshmallows and tossed through the pantry to find more. I could not find any in the pantry and I feared that she had nibbled too many this morning. Do we have enough to make the recipe that calls for 4 cups of mini marshmallows? I asked my daughter to do some estimation. She estimated that we did. How can we find out if we are correct? She told me to grab the measuring cup to prove it. Perfect estimate! We had just enough. Yum! Yum!
I think we, as teachers, need to start seeing how math makes sense in our personal world so that we can bring more authentic experiences to the classroom. I will continue looking and noticing these connections! Stay tuned...
As I just looked at her 3rd grade Common Core State Standards, I realized I could have made our spontaneous math experience more standards-based. (Since I coach K-5th grade, I do not always have immediate recall of each grade level's standards.) I asked her to estimate if we had enough cups instead of the suggested measures (below). I guess that means we will have to convert measurements and try the recipe again another day! No problem!
Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l).