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Candler Elementary students enjoy an edible assignment

Students at Candler Elementary School use pretzels and marshmallows to represent numbers for an assignment. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Teachers at Candler Elementary School have created a sweet and salty assignment for their students.

The assignment includes pretzels and marshmallows, and the second-graders couldn't wait to get started.

Second-grade teacher Valerie Langdon calls out a number and her students use the pretzels and marshmallows to represent that number. They also write the equation to go along with it. Each pretzel represents 10 and the marshmallows are ones.

The activity helps students figure out different ways to create that number, and, for some students, the visualization helps.

"We all learn differently. So, one way, like just drawing it, they may not see it. But if they're actually building it with their hands, it might like click more," Langdon said.

"We have a lot of fun with tens and ones, and we like having tools in our classroom to make us better," second-grader Maria said.

"It's just so fun adding numbers and trying to figure out new words and numbers and symbols," second-grader Deangelo said.

And, of course, the best part is eating the pretzels and marshmallows once the assignment is over.

Langdon said the activity reinforces how numbers can be represented a number of ways.

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