SHEFFIELD -- Fourth-grade teacher Sarah Goodwin took a unique approach to teaching fractions at the Miller's Run School on Oct. 10 -- cooking!

She and math teacher Wayne Whitehill divided students into four groups and gave each group a recipe they voted on the previous week. Then each group prepared either blueberry scones, apple crisp, peanut butter cookies with Hershey's Kisses or peanut butter bars. Goodwin had some groups double the recipe, so they had to reinforce their knowledge of how to add fractions. They also learned to work in groups and to enjoy the results.

"I love cooking because it's fun. Today in school we made stuff for the NECAPs tomorrow," stated fourth-grade student Micayla Francis.

The lesson ended with a trip to the cafeteria to pop their math lesson in the oven. They saved most of the treats for the next day when they had NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) testing.


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