Friday Two Cents: Learning can involve Chocolate Chips


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As some of you may or may not know, I am an Early Childhood Education (ECE) teacher and every week we program a curriculum based on themes that the children are interested in.  This week was my turn to program and the theme was my favourite, Dinosaurs.

I have loved dinosaurs since I was a child and this love has stayed with me as a teacher.  I love to pass on my knowledge to the children about the different dinosaurs and what makes each one great.

For the entire week I brought educational resources and activities to stimulate and educate the children on many different levels.  The whole week went great, however the one hit that I learned had nothing to do with dinosaurs.  It had everything to do with chocolate ship cookies.

For the week I had all manner of activities for the children.  Drawing, building skeletons and trivia research on dinosaurs.  However the best activity involved digging out chocolate chips from chocolate chip cookies.  They would use a toothpick and scrap around the chips to remove them.  Just like paleontologists would remove the rock from around a fossil.  An extra incentive was that they would get 1 point for every chip they dugout. This would go towards their teams’ monthly score, something like the houses’ points from Harry Potter.

Well, to say they where enthusiastic would be an understatement.  I am not sure if it was the activity or that they could eat the cookie part while digging and then the chips after recording their findings (personally I think it was the chance of eating a cookie), but it was a big hit.

chocolate_chip_cookie-300x276But that is not the end of it. The most interesting thing was that after all the numbers were calculated and recorded and doing a little math, I got an average chip count for each cookie.  Now I used “Chips Ahoy Cookies” and the final total was an average of 30 – 32 chocolate chips per-cookie.

Mind you the children all learned a lot about dinosaurs and I loved teaching them some interesting facts.  I know this from all the questions about dinosaurs they constantly bombarded me with.  However, the children and I learned an interesting fact too.  There is, on average, 30 – 32 chocolate chips in ever “Chips Ahoy Cookie”.

Some facts you can’t just learn, you have to experience them.

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