Mrs. Isenberg's Second Grade Class
Holland Patent Elementary School
Holland Patent, New York
Assorted Books

Mmmmm, chocolate! What a great way to begin some math lessons at the beginning of the school year. I started out with m&mís Color Pattern Book and m&mís Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath. After listening to these books the children each received a baggie full of m&mís. I reread the pattern book and the children tried to make and extend the patterns in the book. We quickly discovered that the giant bag of m&mís I had bought didnít have many browns, so we had to make a few adjustments. We also worked on skip counting by twos. The next day the children started a Kidspiration2 activity. I made m&mís and the children had to skip count by fives, add the numbers, and do it in a color pattern as well.

Our next book was More m&m Math. After this book the children received another baggie of m&mís and we did estimating, sorting, graphing and addition.

The final book I used was Hershey Kisses Addition Book by Jerry Pallotta. Our first estimation jar was filled with Kisses. So before starting the book we estimated how many Kisses were in the jar. Then, we used place value boards to count and find out the jar held 80. The next day I read the book and the children worked in pairs to work on double facts and then come up with all the math facts for 10. Once they had their lists complete I make a chart for the room. The next day the children put their candies on a workspace and we worked on ordinal numbers. Finally, getting to eat the third Kiss and the seventh Kiss was a favorite part. The following day, the children went to the computer and went into Kidspiration2. I had an activity ready to reinforce ordinal numbers-the children had to color in specific Hershey Kisses. (One of my students drew the Kiss for me.)


We all enjoyed the chocolate activities while reinforcing and strengthening our math skills.

©  Susan Silverman and Marci McGowan 2005