Monday, December 21, 2015

Newspaper Flyers for Holiday Math Activities

Have you completed your Christmas Shopping? Do you have a budget? How many people do you need to shop for? And, where will you shop? Have you looked at all of the flyers the newspapers have to offer?

These are all questions you ask yourself when doing your Christmas shopping. There's a fun website your students or children can go to in order to plan their shopping. (or imaginary shopping)

1. Shopping at Troy's Toys - This website has the toys on a shelf and students have to add the total cost of the toys and then discount. In level 2, students actually find the percent of the discount.

2. Most Wanted Toys - This has to be one of my favorite activities. Students are given a budget of $1000 to purchase gifts for friends and relatives. They can either use the websites provided or use newspaper flyers from popular department stores. Students love this activity. I always give prizes for the winners. (candy cane or chocolate) I've noticed that the link to the spreadsheet is no longer available, so I've provided one for you. Just click HERE.

3. Students can cut out coupons to complete different types of math problems. They can even cut out the ads and write their own word problems. Or, teachers can use the ads for:
          - percent of discounts
          - comparing prices
          - working with decimals
          - place value

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Traditions - Making Reindeer Food

Your students will love making Christmas Tradition of Making Reindeer food. The recipe is simple and fun for all. It even has Rudolph's nose!
On Christmas Eve, I invite the little girls next door over to make reindeer food. We prepare a mix for the neighborhood children to through out for Santa's reindeer. This is a simple recipe to make and your students will love feeding Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holiday Cookie Hop

Each year during the holiday season, I make my famous (at least to my family and friends) almond butter toffee . I make so many batches of this recipe for friends, school, parties and my husband's barber. Sam's barber actually hides the toffee from his family so he doesn't have to share it. The recipe can be found in the Austin Junior League's cookbook.

The ingredients are so basic. You just need butter, sugar, cream of tartar, slivered almonds, pecans and milk chocolate morsels. If you would like to add another flavor to the toffee, just add grated orange rind and a teaspoon of Grand Marnier or Cointreau. 

1. Melt 2 cups (4 sticks) butter in a saucepan. Then add 2 1/2 cups of sugar. 
2. When the mixture bubbles around the edges, add 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. Begin stirring and add 2 cups slivered almonds. I usually wait a bit so they don't get too brown.
3. Continue stirring until it turns a caramel color. It's important to make sure it's a caramel color, otherwise your toffee may be too chewy. You can now add your grated orange rind and 1 teaspoon Cointreau. This is optional. It adds a bit of orange flavor which I love.

4. Immediately pour the toffee in a large buttered jelly roll pan. You can use two cookie sheets but I make several batches. 
5. Pour evenly and spread with your wooden spoon.
6. Pour a bag of milk chocolate morsels on top. Wait until these melt a bit and then spread evenly over the toffee.

7. Chop a cup of pecans. If you have a mini-electric food processor, use it to chop your pecans more finely. 
8. Spread them evenly over the melted chocolate morsels. Don't worry if some of the pecans come off.
9. Put your pan in the refrigerator until the toffee hardens. When you remove the pan from the refrigerator, use a sharp knife to crack the toffee in to pieces.

Serve the toffee on your favorite candy tray. I give toffee away to my friends and neighbors, so I purchase cellophane Christmas bags to package them. I promise, your family will love you when you make this recipe for them. Enjoy! Just click HERE to get your toffee recipe.

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