Last year, I posted a picture on my Facebook fan page of my students stacking Oreos. It was such a hit that I promised I would blog about it, and I completely forgot. Until now! I loved the idea from Runde’s Room several years ago so much that I put it into our yearly rotation of activities, and it remains one of the most loved and most requested activities in my classroom. In fact, these pictures are from the second time we did the activity, months and months after we did it for the first time. They loved it THAT much.
The idea is simple: students stack Oreos to make a tower. They collect data on how tall their towers can get and then use that data to practice data management, like mean, median, mode, and range. We also made it into a line graph!
The basic rules are that they can’t hold it to make it stay up while they are stacking and once one Oreo falls they have to start over.
Here are some fun pictures of my kids making their stacks…
Here is a look at the anchor charts in a makeshift pocket in their interactive notebooks.