K Cups Math Resource Page

IMG_1064I have found K Cups to be incredibly powerful tools in ALL areas of my math program. The hands-on component and real life problem solving that has transpired have proved to be a game changer in making math relevant, engaging and real. Feel free to download and adapt all lessons, both as PDFs and SMART Notebook files. Please SHARE!

Lesson- “K Cup Challenge” PDF K Cup Math Challenges SMART Notebook Teacher Exchange Download

IdeaStudents work against the clock to use K Cups to think “outside the box” to demonstrate their math understanding! A GREAT, fun, interactive way to review and reinforce math learning!

Stands

Data Management/Probability– theoretical and experimental probability, using percent to show probability

Measurement– non standard and standard units of measure, perimeter, area of triangle and quadrilateral, conversions between metric units

Number Sense/Numeration- multiples, factors,arrays, ratio, mixed numbers, improper fractions, fractions, decimals, percent,

Patterning/Algebra- decreasing and increasing patterns, write a pattern rule, follow a pattern rule, create a T Table to demonstrate patterns, two step rules

Geometry- reflections, rotations, translations, characteristics of polygons/quadrilaterals/triangles , symmetry, acute, obtuse and right angles,

Lesson- “K Cup Stack”  PDF K Cup Stack SMART Notebook Teacher Exchange Download

Idea Have students compete to stack K Cups in a single and double stack.

Stands

Data Management– tally charts, mean, median, mode, range, create a bar graph

Measurement– measuring using standard and non standard units of measure

Number Sense– fractions, decimals and percent

Lesson- “Krazy K Cup Problems”  PDF K Cups Problem Solving SMART Notebook Teacher Exchange Download

Idea- Students work through a variety of multi-step, multi- strand problems using K Cups

Strands

Measurement- volume, surface area, linear measurement using a standard unit of measure, metric conversions between units

Numeration- subtraction, percent, estimation, division

Patterning- create a growing pattern, represent a pattern in a T Table, figuring out pattern rules,

Algebra- finding missing variables

Lesson- “The K Cup Prism”  PDF The K Cup Prism SMART Notebook Teacher Exchange Download

Idea– Students use K Cups to build a rectangular prism given the volume and two dimensions. A warm activity that reviews many measurement concepts included.

Strands 

Measurement- perimeter, area, volume, volume with missing dimension, using non standard units of measure, using standard units of measure, converting units of measure, surface area

Geometry- drawing solids and nets, characteristics of quadrilaterals

Algebra- equations with missing variables

Lesson- “Build it Up!”  PDF Build it Up! SMART Notebook Teacher Exchange Download

Idea– Students build a rectangular prism, working incrementally, starting with the perimeter and adding from there!

Strands

Measurement- perimeter, area, volume, using non standard units of measure, using standard units of measure, surface area

Geometry- drawing solids and nets

Lesson- “K Cup Cleaning Challenge!”  PDF K Cup Cleaning Challenge SMART Notebook Teacher Exchange Download

Idea– After students collect a number of K Cup it’s time to use team work and clean them, by removing the grounds, filters and foil (we reuse, compost or recycle each part). There is a ton of math that comes out of this activity!

Strands 

Measurement– time, elapsed time, linear measurement using standard and non standard units of measure, metric conversions, reasonable time estimation

Data Management- tally charts, mean, median, mode, range, create and compare bar graphs, read bar graphs, create and compare circle graphs

Numeration- estimation, fractions, decimals, percents, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication

Lesson- “A Bag Full of K Cups”  PDF A Bag Full of K Cups Notebook Teacher Exchange Download

Idea– After filling a garbage bag full of K Cups my students worked on using information provided to figure the answer to many BIG questions about the bag. All pictures included so you may do with your class

Strands

Measurement– mass, comparing masses

Numeration- addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, reasonable estimation

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