Oreo Project ~ 2003
Jennifer Wagner is at it again, with the newest of her Oreo Projects:
The Hypothesis
Here is what Jen has to say:
It is our hypothesis that the creme filling in a bag of DOUBLE STUF OREOS will NOT EQUAL IN WEIGHT that of the filling of REGULAR STUF OREOS.

We believe that the creme filling will

Please help us PROVE OR DISPROVE our hypothesis!
Our Work
Step 1 - Class Discussion and Family Homework
Our first job was to learn what a hypothesis is and to discuss and think about it, both in class and with our families for homework. What we thought and why we thought it was very important. Parents had to choose, as did the students. See the choices made by the two groups in our circle graphs (I like to think of them as oreo graphs) below.

Step 2 - Percentages
After tallying the results of our survey, it was time to find out what percentage of our class had voted for each choice.

Using calculators, we took our numbers and then divided them by the number of students who particpated in the project. We found that 95% (19 students) of the class thought that Double Stuf would have more filling and 5% (1 student) thought the filling would be equal in both the Regular and Double Stuf bags.

Step 3 - The Scraping
Now we had to get to proving or disproving the hypothesis. First I asked for ideas as to how we should go about this. There were many, some of which included the use of linear measurement. Then I showed the children a paper plate, plastic knife, a plastic cup and a kitchen scale and asked how these tools could be used to find our answer. After a few suggestions, Gino was quick to realize how we would proceed and shared it with the class.
Tables were divided into regular or double stuf scrapers.

Careful scraping began, as the children put their filling into their table's plastic cup for measuring.
Even a broken wrist (in several places!) couldn't keep us from the task at hand!
Step 4 - The Weighing
I think the scales say it all...

Weight of filling from regular cookies. Weight of filling from double stuf.
Step 5 - Our Findings and Conclusion
Our first finding was that a bag of regular oreos contains
45 cookies and a bag of double stuf oreos contains 36.

Our second finding was that the creme filling in a bag of
regular cookies weighed 3.5 ounces and the creme filling
from the double stuf bag weighed 7 ounces.
In answering the project question,
"Is double stuf worth the stuf?"
our answer is an overwhelming,
With our work for the project completed, it was time for a sweet treat - eating our evidence. Although we did not enter the "Oreo Sculpture" portion of the project, some students naturally started creating them. This is Kevin's tower on the left. Maura commented how much it looked like "that leaning tower in Italy."

Some children enjoyed creating "triple stuffed cookies" - hmmmm, maybe food for thought for Nabisco!!

Jennifer Wagner has put together some terrific resources
for the project. Check them out below!

Worksheets for the Project

Classroom Activities
Find loads of activities for Language, Math, Science, and Technology

Oreo Trivia
Learn some fun facts about this classic cookie.

Oreo Recipes - Yum!

Addressing the Standards
Jen has posted California standards addressed by the project.

Oreo Project 2002
Our work for Oreo Project 2002

Create A Graph
This is a terrific site for creating graphs.
Teachers and students alike will love it!

Just for Fun

Online Games
Enjoy some fun oreo games at NabiscoWorld!

Fire Truck Cookies
from Kindergarten Treehouse

1 whole graham cracker per child
red frosting
1 oreo per child
black squeezable icing

napkin, spreading knife, plastic knife per child

Cut the top right corner off the graham cracker. Spread red icing on the graham cracker. Break oreo cookie apart and add to the "truck" as wheels. Use black icing to draw the ladder or decorate as desired. Yum! Yum!

Oreo Spiders

Supplies: (per spider)
One OreoŽ chocolate sandwich cookie
16 inches of black string licorice (cut into eight 2-inch pieces)
White decorating icing
Two cinnamon candies

* Open up the cookies without breaking the top or bottom halves. Lay four pieces of black string licorice across the white creme filling.

* Put the cookie back together.

* Place two tiny dabs of icing on the cookie. Then add a cinnamon candy on top of each dab for eyes.

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