It's My Birthday, Too!
Context
It is Christopher's birthday, but younger brother Robbie thinks it should be his birthday, too.
Project
Children create 3-D birthday cakes. Using paper patterns or creating their own, they make round, square, or rectangular three-layer cakes from construction paper and "ice" them with felt, ribbon, buttons, lace, zigzag cutouts, etc.
Application
Math and spatial reasoning as children create flat patterns with tabs that work in three dimensions, with proportionately decreasing measurements for each layer.
Grade level
3-4
Media specialist Curt Hokanson used this idea with third graders at Reede Gray Elementary in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. The "cakes" had a delightfully skewed Dr. Seussian look!
It's My Birthday, Too!