Monday, September 9, 2013

Beware the Fractions

The boys wanted pancakes this morning, but the recipe I have is way too big for us four.  We wanted 10 pancakes, not 20.  So the youngest mixed while the oldest cut the measurements in half.  He had no idea that these are real life word problems, following the same format as his math book.

Q1.  Bubba is making pancakes and needs only half a recipe of pancake batter.  Convert the following measurements to half a recipe.

3 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
6 tbsp oil
2 tsp vanilla

Once you're done the math, combine the dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients.  Add 1-2 tbsp more milk to thin out pancakes to desired consistency.  Fry in hot oil.

Great team-building exercise.  These two don't always collaborate well.

They poured some maple syrup on these and I gave them an A!  


  1. Way to go guys! Isn't it fun making food while learning to divide!

  2. Remember Connie at that age? She could not do fractions in school and was quite adamant about it, until one day she wanted some chocolate chip cookies and we had to double the recipe. She did it instinctively and then was surprised when I told her she had just done math - fractions, no less.

  3. You're an awesome lady!! It's just a good thing it didn't call for 1/3 cup of sugar!! That would have been fun!!


    1. We would have improvised. There are 16 tablespoons in one cup. 1/3 of 16 tablespoons is 5.333 tablespoons. If we halve that to go with the recipe it is 2.6666... So we would have rounded up to 3 Tbsp of sugar there.

  4. I love everything you are doing so far with homeschooling your kids. That is a funny story that your mom shared about Connie!