# JWPMS class incorporates science and math into eating challenges

October 13, 2020, in Academics, Lancer LifeFifth grade students at James W. Parker Middle School incorporated math and science into a fun and interactive challenge on Friday that involved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Saltine crackers.

First, the students, who were part of the 5th Grade Math classes for Mrs. Barbarini, Mrs. Berchtold, Mrs. Zafiropoulos and Mr. McCormick, watched a brief YouTube clip about a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Eating Challenge.

Students then made an estimation of how many peanut butter cups were eaten in the video, watched another video and adjusted their estimates, then watched a final clip that provided the answer.

This week, the class will be using that information to calculate the number of calories and how many grams of sugar were eaten, the cost to buy the Reese’s cups and how many peanut butter cups the person in the video ate per minute.

The class followed up this activity with another called “Cracker Attack.”

In this activity, students had to predict how many saltine crackers they could eat in one minute. Students were given one minute to try and see if they were correct.

Next, students made a hypothesis about how many they could eat in one minute now that they had some knowledge.

Students once again were given one minute to see how they could do. When finished, they applied math to see how many boxes were needed to have enough for the entire class if each student was given 10 crackers, and how much the boxes would cost.