After a visit from ‘Masterchef’ we decided we would make chefs’ hats to sell in our next class shop. Lucas tried on my hat and we worked out it was definitely too big. We brainstormed our ideas and worked out that we needed to take measurements on our heads, just above the ears. We knew that it was impractical to use counters, paperclips or matchsticks with which to measure, so when someone suggested a tape measure, it was all systems go. We had to work together, helping with the measuring and with the stages of construction of the hats. No gaps and overlaps – accuracy was so important!  We measured the distance around our heads, cut out the correct length for the hat band, attached the plastic bag for the crown, and voila! We have also decided to group our hats as Small/Medium/Large to help our customers decide quickly which one to buy. Thanks to Antonio, we set up an infographic to help us to work out the S/M/L groups.

Dion said “This is the best maths I have ever done”.  Were we doing maths? Can you identify any of the maths thinking or processes that we used? Comment here.

13 thoughts on “HAT FACTORY!

    • Thanks for being the first person to comment on this post Antonio.
      Can you help us answer our main question with your comment? What maths was going on in the Hat Factory activity? How did YOU work like a mathematician in the Hat Factory activity?

  1. Hi 2L!
    I am Really interested in all your shops that you create in class! I’ve heard so many stories about them. I was in Ms Lockyer’s Class in Grade 1 and Grade 4, we had so much fun! The best shop I remember was the stamp shop! If you need any help with your FUN maths activities let me know!
    I Hope to hear from you about the fun activities you do at school!

    Bye for now!

    • Thanks for your comment Tatiana. It would be great to have you in our classroom to help with maths activities, or for us to interview about things we need to know. I will ask your pastoral care teacher if you can join us some time.
      Ms Lockyer
      P.S. It was an honour and a pleasure to be your teacher for two years.

  2. When we are going to do the hat shop we are going to think what we did on Friday. no overlaps and no gaps. not too small with the tape measure, not too big with the tape measure. Centimetres are more useful than paperclips for measuring because the centimetres are already joined together. A tape measure is better than a ruler because a ruler is just straight and does not curve like a tape measure.

  3. I liked the hat shop because we were testing the hats but sometimes they fit and sometimes not. You have to measure around the ears – not too much above or below. You need to put the sticky tape right so that it will be a perfect fit. You can’t have gaps and overlaps.

  4. grate job 2l on making hat’s.
    I think it was even though I was in it.
    oh!!!!! and by the way i’m William that’s speaking to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    goooooood by to you.

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