The Great Gingerbread House Project is a math project that I developed 5 years ago, and I’ve done it with 4th graders every year since. I’ve tweaked and improved it every year, and now I’m so excited to share it.
This project works well for students in a classroom or families at home.
The Great Gingerbread House Project is a lot of work for students… they make drafts and final copies of everything: floor plans, calculations of area and perimeter, and front and side views of their gingerbread houses. They do lots of math and have tons of fun!
Designing and building the gingerbread houses creates an atmosphere of motivated engagement. The students feel the authenticity of the math challenges, and they’re excited to see their designs come to life.
Together with a partner, students collaborate to create a floor plan for a gingerbread house that cannot exceed a certain area.
They envision their gingerbread house and create to-scale drawings of front and side silhouettes.
Then, they find the area and perimeter of the floor plan, and determine how many graham crackers they’ll need for the floor, walls, and roof.
This inclusive project works for ALL students. It is visual, hands-on, and has many entry points for solving each math problem.
At each step of the project, partners work through multiple drafts to improve accuracy, clarity, and neatness.
In the end, the kids get to build the house they’ve worked hard to design. They compare their predictions to the number of graham crackers and chocolate chips they actually use.
This project is an amazing way to close out one calendar year or open a new year.
I’ve laid out the project in an easy-to-use, step-by-step format with pictures to make life easy for the teacher and fun for the students.
The bundle comes with activities to introduce area and perimeter, everything needed (besides the sweets!) for the project, and reflection questions to wrap it all up.
I hope you and your students enjoy this project as much as my students and I do!
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