Because of the skill range, this is a great title for use with students on the younger end of the spectrum who need more of a math challenge -- but it's also a wonderful way to engage other kids in math. It's a nice reward for kids who have completed independent math work. Pair it with in-class cooking exercises and entrepreneurial activities. LeapFrog.com has some activity suggestions that would pair nicely with this title as well.Continue reading Show less
Kids take over a food truck with help from a parrot friend. They take orders from customers, choose ingredients from the shelves (matching a list), prep the ingredients, cook the food, assemble the food, and serve it to the customer. Sometimes, they will need to clean and organize the truck. They also have the chance to buy new truck designs and decor, as well as new recipes. The recipes vary in healthiness, and include salad, sushi, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, chicken soup, and even a spaghetti sandwich. The recipes introduce kids to a some great ingredients, such as seaweed, chili powder, and teriyaki sauce.
Kids will use a range of math skills to succeed in their cooking adventures. Younger players will be counting as they weigh out food, flipping sandwiches on the griddle when the thermometer reaches a certain general area, and recognizing which measuring cup is the most/least full. More advanced players may need to add or remove food, based on a customer order (e.g., the dish calls for 3 ounces of lettuce, but the customer would like 4 more; how many ounces do they need?). They will need to find an exact location/temperature on a thermometer, which eventually is numbered in increments. Players will also need to recognize the hottest or coolest thermometer or the measuring cup that has "neither the most nor the least." Sometimes, they will be asked to find the measuring cup that is two-thirds full (without labels) among a set of three choices. Kids might even need to double an order. There's weighing and measuring, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, and percentages. While all of that is going on, kids are introduced to some cooking basics, including kitchen safety. If their order is just right, they'll earn bigger tips. The game follows a progression, but it's less about a story and more about pleasing hungry customers.
Cooking and math naturally go hand in hand, so this game presents a great way for kids to experience real-world math. The math skills start easy and ramp up to some serious number-crunching. If a kid ends up over his or her head, the game will gently prompt the student to get to the right answer, sometimes giving progressively more direct prompts. While kids can continue without stellar math performances, their tips will suffer, so it behooves them to try their best. This is a lot of fun, and it's kept interesting by the chances to unlock new locations and recipes.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.1
Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
Measurement And Data
Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
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