Arrays aren’t always an exciting topic to teach, but cookie arrays will hook your kids for sure!
- aluminum foil to use as baking trays
- cookie clipart- )These aren’t the ones I used but you can find black and white chocolate chip cookies here)
- glue sticks
- index card
Array Lesson Prep
- tearing off aluminum foil sheets
- cut out blocks of cookies in different array numbers (I used 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15, 20, 25 and 30)
How To Teach the Cookie Array Lesson
- Review array vocabulary– row, column, equation, repeated addition
- Each student got a cookie tray and sheet of cookies to cut out (This is how I differentiated! Each student got a different amount of cookies to form into an array based on need.)
- Students cut the cookies out and arranged them on a tray.
- After students got their cookie arrangement approved, they glued the cookies and colored them.
- After gluing the cookies, students wrote a repeated addition equation to show how many cookies they had.
- I used Christmas cookies, but you could use regular cookies or cookies for any holiday!
- How fun would it be to actually bake cookies? That sounds like a great homeschool lesson!
For one thing, the differentiation was so easy. Students who were struggling received a small number of cookies (4, 6, 8, 9). Students who had a fair grasp received a middle amount (12, 15, 20) and my students ready for a challenge received a large number of cookies (25 or 30).
What is your favorite activity when teaching arrays? Drop me a note a let me know!