comments from students
Students from Mrs. Huttos math class again this year constructed gingerbread houses. The project helped students use all of the learner outcomes and earn money for the whale watch. The students earned $294.50!!! Read the following essay and comments from students.
Gingerbread Essay by Allison Morrill
Recently my math class undertook a project to make and sell gingerbread houses. Our task as a class was to produce a quality product and sell it. The goal of our project was to make money for our whale watch trip scheduled for the spring.
My task was to participate in the financing department. My financing group had to figure out the cost of each ingredient that was used in the preparation of the gingerbread houses. After we determined the cost to make the gingerbread house, we agreed on the final cost (supplies times three). As a class we voted on a price of $2.50 per house.
The advertising department created posters, ordered forms,and wrote a newsletter about our project.
The marketing department wrote two letters to the local elementary schools via e-mail. They also developed ads telling students at Memorial about gingerbread houses we were selling.
The accounting department was responsible for profit and loss. They needed to report to the class the financial status.
The production department had to collect , wash, dry, punch a hole, and attach a ribbon to each carton.
The construction group cut the graham crackers and glued them with frosting to the milk cartons. The team used M&Ms to decorate the roof as well as candy canes and twizzlers to decorate the front and back of the houses.
This was an awesome activity! We played an important part in fundraising for our whale watch in June.
COMMENTSDuring this project I learned how to be an Involved Citizen when I went to sell houses at Skillin School . Also I learned how hard it is to manage a business and that you need every group to do its part. Another thing that I learned was that to make a business work everyone must work together and get along.
Things I learned in this project: Mrs. Hutto did not want us to eat anything while constructing the houses. I learned how to write a letter correctly and e-mail it. I learned how to work with impatient boys. ( I was the only girl in my group. ) Last, but not least, I learned how to make a gingerbread house.
During this project I learned to work with people who were really impatient. I really enjoyed learning how to make a gingerbread house. I learned to control my appetite during construction. (You could get into deep trouble if you didn't.) I learned that you can make a lot of money even if the houses cost only $ 2.50. I, also, learned how sticky frosting really is.
During this project I learned how to be an Involved Citizen when I went to sell houses at Skillin School . I also learned how hard it is to manage a business and that you need every group to do its part. Another thing that I learned was that to make a business work everyone must work together and get along.
I worked in production and my task was to wash and dry each milk carton. I had to punch holes at the top of the milk cartons and staple the top together. Then, I had to slid a ribbon through the hole. I basically prepared the cartons for construction. It was a wet and messy job!
Meaghan LavangieI worked well with my accounting partners. I was an effective communicator when I reported to the class how much money we had earned. I was a knowledgeable person when I had to count the money and use a computer to make up a tally sheet.