When grade 6 students at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School in Clairemont saw their teachers opening bags of Oreo cookies, little did they know they were in for a math lesson.
O.R.E.O. Project 15, an international project that each year uses Oreo cookies in a different educational activity.
"I liked this project was because absolutely everyone has access to real life mathematics," said Kyi.
in teams of four or five students, each had un-timed turns to try and
stack as many cookies as they could. Students were judged on the number
of cookies used, not the height. Students estimated how many they
thought they could stack as well as guess if it would be an easy or hard
task to accomplish. They couldn't use anything to stabilize the cookies
and once their hand left the cookie, they could not reach back to
There were many favorite techniques to stacking;
standing was preferred, some students knelt down to be at eye level with
the table,some held one arm behind their back, some stood over the
stack as if to get a better view, and of course, no elbows on the table.
In all, the students were eager to try and break the classroom record of 30, with the average being 22.