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Math Lesson
for Gingerbread Day
Objective:
The students will time how long
it takes an object to travel a distance. (This
lesson may also be combined with the Science
Lesson.)

Materials

Procedure

Have
a discussion on how to measure the length of an event
using time. Starting a stop watch, looking at a
clock, or counting need to be done right when an event
begins. Stopping a stop watch, looking at a
clock again, or stopping counting need to be done at
the end of an event. Have the students think of
things that can be timed, such as races, car rides,
the length of a school day, etc.

Put
the students in pairs. Pass out the Gingerbread
Boys, the straws, the rulers or the unifix cubes,
and the masking tape. Each pair of students
should find a place in the classroom to set up a
Gingerbread Running area. They should decide how
long they want their race to be then tape a
"start line" and a "finish line"
on the floor by measuring it. You may want to
give guidelines on how far apart the start and finish
lines should be.

The
students should then time each other blowing their
gingerbread man to make him "run" from the
start to the finish line. They will do this by
aiming the straw at the paper gingerbread boy and blow
air onto him to make him move. They may time
each other by using stop watches, looking at the
clock, or counting "one hippopotamus, two hippopotamus,
etc."

Have
the students record their distance and their times on
the Gingerbread
Run Worksheet. (This worksheet has been
formatted to be cut in half.) If this lesson is
being combined with the Science Lesson, you may want
to have the students complete the Gingerbread
Run on Different Surfaces Worksheet only.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Graph
the students' favorite way to eat gingerbread 
gingerbread man cookies, gingerbread house, or
gingerbread cake.

Give
every student a gingerbread
man cutout. Have the class work together to
calculate how many gingerbread feet, arms, buttons,
etc. their are in the class. This is good
practice for counting by 2's.


