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Algebra Project (End of Year)

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I created this project as a way to keep my students engaged at the end of the school year. The activity requires them to pull from concepts learned throughout the year. The concepts include systems of equations, ratios and percents, area and perimeter.

Students were required to make a menu for a themed restaurant. Specific instructions for this are included in the zip file. I have also included a 'rubric' for the menu. I graded the menu on a scale of 100, and counted it as a quiz score. This helped some of my hard working, low performing math students boost their grade. Then I created an accompanying math assignment in which they had to answer questions based on both their menus and mine. I have included jpegs of my menu, so that you can use them with your class. Students are required to solve a system of equations problem using the information on my menu, and then write their own system of equations menu based on theirs. Also, I had the students create a layout of their restaurant with certain conditions. Students then had to calculate the perimeter and area of their restaurants, as well as the area not covered by tables and kitchens. This required the use of percentages. Of course, the mathematical portion of the menu project included questions about sales tax and tips, covering percentages. I counted the mathematical portion of the assignment for 100 points and counted it as two test scores, but you could adjust this to suit the needs of your class. I have included my answer key to the math portion as a jpeg, and it includes the breakdown of points that I assigned for each group of questions.
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On  December 15, 2013Learning to Lead (TpT Seller) said:
the math assessment is not in the zip files, I thought that was included?
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On  October 11, 2013,  Buyer said:
Great project...my students loved it.
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On  January 24, 2014B R (TpT Seller) asked:
When I unzipped the file, I just got a preview of work that was submitted for a grade. Do you have the actual templates you gave the students? Or am I missing something? Thanks
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On  January 25, 2014Vanessa Moon answered:
There is a two page word document with directions for the students as well as a scoring sheet. I included the preview so that teachers can share it with their students as an example of exemplary work. I hope this helps!
On  May 22, 2012Nancy Stafford (TpT Seller) asked:
Vanessa I still cant get the files to open.
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On  May 21, 2012Nancy Stafford (TpT Seller) asked:
I cannot open the files. I get a message that says files are damaged. I have the latest version of adobe. Any suggestions?
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On  May 22, 2012Vanessa Moon answered:
Hi Nancy,
I have emailed you the files, which I tested and opened this morning. Thanks!
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On  April 15, 2010,  Buyer asked:
Questions about the Algebra Project:
1. Can students do this (fairly) independently, I'm leaving for maternity leave and need something the kids can work on during a free period they have a couple times a week. They will have a math teacher supervising them.
2. How long does it typically take to complete? I need to know how many more activites I need to find.

Looks like a great idea :-)
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On  April 15, 2010Vanessa Moon answered:
This activity is absolutely student driven, and since there is a math teacher supervising, he/she can answer content related questions that come up. To be honest, it wouldn't really even require a math teacher to do the math involved in the project. I hope that helps.
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Algebra Project (End of Year)
Algebra Project (End of Year)