Need a fun math activity to introduce place value to your 2nd and 3rd grade students? Try Wonka bar caramel packaging! A memorable & engaging way to give kids hands-on experience with ones, tens, and hundreds!
As a teacher of 7-9 year olds, it’s no secret that if you can relate learning to food (especially candy), you will have the undivided attention of pretty much every student in your presence.
This math activity relates candy to ones, tens, and hundreds and is perfect for the beginning of a place value unit or to use with a small group of students who are struggling with place value concepts.
Wonka Packaging Directions:
Introduce Willy’s rules for packaging:
Here are the finished products:
|Caramel = 1|
|Bar = 10|
|Box = 100|
|1 box, 2 bars, 1 caramel = 121 total caramels|
Then have them compare and contrast Wonka Bars and Base-10 Blocks.
Keep these to use as math manipulatives for addition and subtraction too!
Relate adding to repackaging new bars or boxes. When introducing subtraction, show students that borrowing/regrouping is like breaking down or cutting up the bars, and boxes. This is a simple, yet powerful way to help students who need a hands-on example of why addition and subtraction algorithms work!
Want more candy-themed fun?! Try Wonka Week! You can learn more about Wonka Week HERE.
Did you try Wonka packaging? I’d love to hear about it! Tell me all about it in the comments.
Have a fab day Super Teacher,