I 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!
Idea– Students 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!
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,
Idea– Have students compete to stack K Cups in a single and double stack.
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
Idea- Students work through a variety of multi-step, multi- strand problems using K Cups
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
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.
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
Idea– Students build a rectangular prism, working incrementally, starting with the perimeter and adding from there!
Measurement- perimeter, area, volume, using non standard units of measure, using standard units of measure, surface area
Geometry- drawing solids and nets
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!
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
Measurement– mass, comparing masses
Numeration- addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, reasonable estimation