Fruit Loop Ratios


I live this life where one of my main goals is to convince my students that math is cool and awesome and hott (with 2 t’s). One thing that gets (most) of my students engaged in the lesson is FOOD. You would think that these kids don’t eat ever, but I mean I see most of them eating breakfast as they walk in in the morning and every week when I do lunch duty I am SHOCKED by the amount of food and snacks  they consume in one sitting. When I think of a math activity that combines food (especially when I can easily find a peanut-free snack to use) AND actual learning, I fall in love with the activity! I did this activity for the first time last year and my students loved it too! Bonus: they actual remembered the activity when they were taking their ratio test…they actual remembered ratios when we reviewed them this year!

Each student got a paper plate with a handful of Fruit Loops and a worksheet. Students had to complete their work before they could eat their cereal, which motivated them to finish an assignment in a period instead of trying to convince me to drag it out for three periods.

Click here to download the worksheet! Enjoy!


10 responses to “Fruit Loop Ratios

  1. I just found your blog through Secondary Solutions. I have taught middle school math for 14 years. You have great ideas! I have used Fruit Loops before and did something similar last year. I LOVE your gumdrop idea. I plan on using it when school resumes. Hope you have a greay New Year!

  2. I love this! It is just up my alley and part of the upcoming unit. I am going to be borrowing this idea for sure.

    Teaching in Room 6

  3. I will be teaching ratios next week! Would love to use this!!

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  5. What a sweet way to teach ratios!! 🙂

    By the way, I have a proposition/idea for you–shoot me an email!! froggycupcakes {at} gmail {dot} com.


  6. This is an awesome blog! I just went all the way throughout and found so many neat things to do with my 7th graders!

  7. This is so cute! I’m sure you’re a fabulous teacher!

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