After seeing

*Dirt Under My Nails*doing a Peeps math activity, I just had to do it as well.*Marshmallow Peeps come 10 in a package. Each Peep is 2 inches long. How long will one package of Peeps be if each Peep is lined up in a row with 1/2 inch between them? How long would 2 packages of peeps be if each Peep is lined up in a row with 1/2 inch between them? How long will 75 individual Peeps be if they are lined up in a row with 1/2 inch between them? Can you write a rule to determine how long any number of Peeps would be lined up in a row with 1/2 inch between them? Remember to show all your work, use math representation and as much math language as you can.*

It was pretty easy for James and Sam to figure out that 10

*Peeps*x 2 inches = 20 inches and that 9 spaces x 1/2 inch = 4 1/2 inches so that 1 PACKAGE = 24 1/2 inches

But, when you get to more complicated problems, it became easier to work it out as an algebraic equation.

They determined after doing different amounts of packages of

*Peeps*that the spaces between the Peeps was always the number of

*Peeps*minus 1 and that if the spaces were 1/2 inch spaces, the equation could be written like this, with N being the number of

*Peeps*.

2N + [(N-1)(.5)]

And with this simple beginning algebraic formula, they could figure out any number of

*Peeps*.

This is very cool! I love all of the different ideas for learning with Peeps that I have seen in the blogosphere!

ReplyDeleteSeriously. Now I need to do math at your house, and run to the store to see if there are any left over peeps.

ReplyDeleteHow funny!

ReplyDeleteThat is way too fun!

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