Info & Common Core

For Teachers and Parents

Dear Amazing Teacher,
Whether you are a full or part-time teacher, or even a math tutor, Kids Menu Books are a great resource to help your students. Kids Menu Books…
* Support teaching addition, subtraction, and money concepts.
* Reinforce easy math subjects, like making graphs and charts
or more difficult subjects, such as finding percentages–like tax and tip.
* Are super fun for students to play with! Great for math centers!
Thank you for your support, and I hope Kids Menu Books will make teaching math more fun, encourage learning, and inspire the kid in all of us.

Sincerely,
Lucy Ravitch
(author/creator of Kids Menu Books)

Dear Awesome Parent,
Thank you for supporting Kids Menu Books! Whether you have one Menu Book or all of the Kids Menu Books, your child is sure to enjoy the versatility that each book offers.
As your child plays with these books they are practicing realistic math lessons. The books were meant to be used by math-loving to math-phobic children, and all the range of children in between. I hope you and your child will have hours of fun as you play with Menu Money and explore all the ways to use Kids Menu Books.

Sincerely,
Lucy Ravitch
(author/creator of Kids Menu Books)

Here is what my child’s 4th grade teacher had to say
about my presentation when I worked with her class
using THE PANCAKE MENU.



Common Core Alignment

The Pancake Menu lends itself very well to many Common Core Standards…

K.CC.A.1 (using the menu money change (.01 and .10)) Kids might question why they are written like this (which you can explain that is their value compared to a dollar–a dollar is made up of 100 cents and 1 cent is one hundredth of a dollar!)
K.CC.A.2 (again working with menu money change)
K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5, K.CC.B.6 (working with pancakes and kids having pancakes as the counting object)
K.G.A.1 (fun to make and see shapes of pancakes as well as talk about their positions of other things around it–the plate and desk are beneath is, what is the right and to the left?)
K.MD.A.1, K.MD.A.2 (see the length and width of a pancake (especially funny shaped ones), compare the different pancakes from the book or ones you make or draw)

1.G.A.1 (Make pancake shapes–just look at the star and dollar pancake–not to mention all the circular ones…)
1.G.A.3 (cutting up pancakes!)
1.MD.A.1 (Do all pancakes turn out the same when you make them? Compare size and length of different pancakes or ones that were supposed to be the same if you make them.)
1.MD.C.4 (Take a survey/poll about kids favorite pancake from the menu and use it for your lesson)
1.OA.A.1 (Scenario or real life: class having pancakes and some get eaten)
1.OA.A.2 (Tons of word problems you can make!)

2.MD.C.8 MONEY (this is one of the main reasons why every 2nd grade teacher needs The Pancake Menu!)
2.MD.D.10 (class surveys, make bar graphs and charts or do other types of experiments and applications)
2.GA.3 (cutting up pancakes–if you can’t make them, draw them!)

3.NBT.A.1 (Kids will learn the place value system and money is a great way to teach it!)
3.G.A.2 (Cutting pancakes)
3.NF.A.3.B, 3.NF.A.3.C, 3.NF.A.3.D (Working with recipes and the measurements are fun and hands-on)
3.MD.A.1 (time making pancakes)
3.MD.A.2 (measuring pancakes)
3.MD.B.3 (surveys with the pancakes or recipes)

4.G.A.1 (Making these with pancake batter in a squirt bottle would be awesome)
4.G.A.2 (Cutting pancakes if fun–even if the kids can’t eat them for health laws or allergy reasons)
4.NF.B.3.A, 4.NF.B.3.B, 4.NF.B.3.D (making/using recipes is a great way to teach fractions!)
4.NF.B.4.A, 4.NF.B.4.B, 4.NF.B.4.C (Recipes with all their measurements are great teaching tools)
4.NF.C.5, 4.NF.C.6 (Money and change is great for this!)
4.MD.A.1, 4.MD.A.2 (There are lots of questions you and your students can make)

5.NF.A.1 (cooking comes in handy when teaching this principle)
5.NF.B.3 (sharing a meal between classmates)
5.NF.B.6 (think of scenarios if you needed to not double the recipe, but one recipe wasn’t enough–making 1.5 of the recipe!)
5.NF.B.7.C (sharing and using the recipes works great here)