I created this three-part budgeting activity for my Practical Math class. I went online and found a weekly advertisement for a local grocery store and used that for this assignment. However, if you have access to newspapers at your school, you could use any weekly ad from a grocery store for this activity.
The first of the assignments is a basic introduction to the activity, they must look through the advertisement and can pick ANYTHING they want to eat for dinner. In this first assignment, money is no object and the students should be encouraged to choose any food they want.
The second part of this activity is to again, create a dinner except this time they can not spend more then $40 dollars. They can use the same advertisement, except they will have to look more thoroughly to make sure they can create a meal on a budget.
The last section of this activity is to create a dinner that follows the "ChooseMyPlate" plate that was created to replace the Food Pyramid. I assigned this section so that there is no budget for food, but this can easily be switched to having a budget of a certain amount of money.
The reason why I created this assignment is because the students I work with struggle at home with having food on their tables consistently. By having them work with a budget (Assignment #2) and also showing them what they should eat each day (Assignment #3), they will not only be working on their basic math skill, but I'm hoping it will translate over into their own lives so that they can help their families make better food decisions with a limited budget.