What happens when math people get together for dinner? We see dinner as a series of real-life problem solving! First, I'll give you the problem--division of a fraction by a fraction. It's often hard to think of real-life examples of this type of problem. This problem is a good one to solve concretely (with manipulatives) or pictorially (with model drawing.) An added bonus;;; This no-bake pie is a refreshing summer dessert!
Sharon wants to make a Lemonade Ice Cream Pie. The recipe calls for ½ gallon of ice cream, but when she gets to the store, she finds that ice cream containers now come in only 1.5 quart containers. How many containers does she need to buy, and how much does she need to use, to make the pie?
Recipe for Lemonade Ice Cream Pie
2 Oreo-cookie pie crusts
1/2 gal. vanilla ice cream, softened
1 container (12 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate (either pink or regular), completely thawed
Using a mixing spoon or a whisk, combine the ice cream and lemonade. Pour into the pie crusts. Freeze overnight. Drizzle with chocolate sauce before serving.
Notes: It seems to be fine to let the ice cream get almost liquid, which makes it a cinch to mix. And you can thaw the lemonade right in the can; just open it when you can squish the can.