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CCSS: 6.SP.B.4, 6.SP.B.5, 7.SP.B.3, 8.SP.A.1, MP1, MP5, MP6

TEKS: 6.12A, 6.12B, 6.12C, 6.12D, 6.13A, 7.6G, 7.12A, 8.5C, 8.11A

The Scoop on Ice Cream

National Ice Cream Month isn’t until July, but the frozen treat is a popular dessert all year round. In fact, 87 percent of U.S. households have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. Between cartons in the kitchen and scoops from the shop, the average American eats about 23 pints of ice cream products each year.

More than two-thirds of Americans say vanilla is their favorite flavor, and it’s reigned as the best-selling ice cream for years. That’s largely because vanilla pairs so well with many other desserts, says Cary Frye of the International Dairy Foods Association. “It tastes great topped by whipped cream and fudge sauce in a sundae, with root beer in a float, or atop a warm slice of apple pie,” Frye says.

For ice cream lovers with more adventurous tastes, however, there are plenty of options! Many shops take pride in offering the most creative, offbeat flavors possible. Some of the wackiest include geranium, pine forest, sushi, and even pizza!

No matter the flavor, there’s no better treat than a delicious scoop of ice cream on a hot summer afternoon. It’s so popular that in 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate the tasty holiday by using our easy recipe to make a personal serving of ice cream at home (see recipe at right). Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings!

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Answer the questions using the charts and graphs above. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

About how many gallons of ice cream were produced in Wisconsin in 2018?

A. 10 thousand

B. 10 million

C. 10 billion

D. 10 trillion

What percent of survey respondents buy ice cream a few times per month?

A. 3%

B. 9%

C. 21%

D. 44%

The ice cream recipe requires cup of which ingredient?

A. whole milk

B. vanilla

C. salt

D. sugar

Which of these ice cream flavors was the least popular?

A. vanilla

B. chocolate

C. chocolate chip cookie dough

D. mint chocolate chip

About how many more million gallons of ice cream were produced in Missouri than in Connecticut in 2018?

A. 10

B. 15

C. 25

D. 35

About how many people surveyed buy ice cream at least a few times per week?

A. 30

B. 220

C. 440

D. 660

Which two states produced about the same amount of ice cream in 2018? About how much was that combined?

What fraction of the top five ice cream flavors did not have chocolate in them?

How much vanilla would you need if you were going to make enough servings of vanilla ice cream for 5 friends?

Poll your class on what their top two favorite ice cream flavors are. (Visit for a poll template.) Then make a bar graph of the results.

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