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The O.R.E.O Project

If you've been around a while, you know I'm a big fan of bringing learning to life with the wonders of candy and cookies. If you feel inclined to wag your now-now, there's a healthier alternative finger at me, go ahead. You are probably right. But since I can't actually see you...I shall continue, ha!

One of my very favorite activities for the past few years has been participating in the annual O.R.E.O Project. The concept could not be simpler. The basic idea is that the kids attempt to stack Oreos in a tower. You keep track of the stacking data and then enter it into a database with all of the other classes that are participating. You can then compare your results with classes all around the world who are all stacking during the same general time frame. Cool right?

Well, it gets cooler. The project has evolved over the years to include a voice thread component, an icing sculpture gallery and lots of related science and math activities. In my class we make a week out of the whole thing and complete lots of experiments with those sweet little circles of tastiness.

This is the data collection sheet that I use with my second graders during the week. We complete all of the activities together - tons of fun and super bad week for the diet. I touched upon it in this thread with a bunch of other Oreo-ness but it was a while back and lots of new friends have joined us since then.

Search around on the site page and you'll find lots of other teacher created resources too. At the end you'll even get a fun certificate of participation to proudly display in your classroom.

Visit this year's Oreo Project at Projects by Jen to sign up - and then keep your eye out for Oreo coupons. You're gonna need them!
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13 comments:

  1. We LOVE the OREO project too!! Such a fun way to get kids excited about math--and so much more!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  2. The OREO Project was so much fun. Since it was so early in the year, it was another way for me to get to learn more about my students ( see who's competitive, follows directions, is creative.) We had a lot of fun and they STILL remember it!

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  3. We have participated in the jenuintech oreo project for the last 3 years in my classroom. My kids love it! We actually have oreo day and do activities all day with oreos. We eat them with milk and students write about the steps to eat an oreo using first, next, then, last. We also do math activities, estimate stacking, estimate rolling. Science sink or float predict if will sink faster in milk or water. Sculpting activities for art. Kids also like to listen to the song The White Stuff by Wierd Al. We make oreo headbands and wear black and white clothes. This is always talked about for years to come as one of their favorite days in second grade. I put picts in the end of the year slideshow using the song The White Stuff.

    http://www.southadams.k12.in.us/webpages/agoodwin/president.cfm?subpage=1053691
    http://www.southadams.k12.in.us/webpages/agoodwin/president.cfm?subpage=1307083

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  4. Thank you so much for this post! I am planning on doing the OREO project this year and this was great information!
    Barrow's Hodgepodge

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  5. Denise, I love this project. I've done it in the past. I like the sheet you created, but I can't download it, though. Can you email it to me, please?

    Debi
    Just 4 Teachers: Sharing Across Borders

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  6. WOW. You are a girl after my own heart. I love teaching with food - especially math - munchie math!
    And I love teaching the moon with Oreos. Thanks for introducing me to this. Is it too early to sign up?
    Lessons Learned

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  7. We LOVED the project. It was my first one and I was very impressed. some of the others did not seem challenging enough for 2nd grade so I will create more to adapt it. Here is a link to our page. The pics are hil.ar.i.ous!
    http://www.catawbaschools.net/schools/Oxford/staff/Rachel_Lamb/Web%20Page%20Library/Oreo.aspx

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  8. I have never heard of this!! Sounds really COOL!!

    Mrs. Ayala’s Kinder FUN
    ❤Michelle

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  9. This sounds great - I'd love to participate. I will have to go and see if they sell Oreos in Morocco (that's where I'm teaching right now). They sell pringles and lays, why not Oreos?

    http://rakiradresources.wordpress.com

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  10. Enjoy your blog! I am looking forward to participating in this great project.

    http://thekennedykorralblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. I've never heard of the Oreo Project before! Thank you for sharing!
    Rebecca
    teachingfirst-abc.blogspot.com

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  12. This was so nice to read.
    Thank you for the post -- and thank you also for the very nice comments.
    Jennifer
    www.projectsbyjen.com

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