Catering a Thanksgiving Dinner Task Cards

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Catering a Thanksgiving Dinner: Decimal and Fraction Operations Task Cards

Real-World Math Question Set

These task cards have a mixture of decimal and fraction operation questions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) for 5th grade students. They allow students to imagine running a catering business that has been commissioned to cater a Thanksgiving dinner for 50 people. They solve problems determining expenses for the business, calculate unit prices and rental costs, determine profit, as well as answer questions from recipes involving fraction operations (multiplying whole numbers times fractions, dividing whole numbers and unit fraction, subtracting fractions, adding fractions and mixed numbers). There are 7 recipe cards with 20 questions to go with them. Each recipe card has 1 multiple choice question as well as 1 or 2 open ended questions. There are a total of 14 tasks, 12 with math calculations (29 computations in all).

After answering the provided questions, students are asked to write 2 questions of their own from additional recipes that they find (additional recipes are included). In addition to the math calculations, students can be creative. They are asked to come up with a company name and logo. Then they choose to write a Thanksgiving poem or design a festive banner. This is a high interest activity to review decimal and fraction operations at a catered Thanksgiving dinner.

These task cards can be used as a whole group guided set of questions, individually, or in student-led teams. There is a student recording packet included that matches the task cards in a printer friendly format that is easy to grade. The task cards are in color for high interest with real pictures.

Some students will answer the math questions in 30 minutes, while others may need an hour. The designs may take students 30 minutes to create depending on their level of detail or less time. One hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes is a good range for students to be able to complete these tasks.

For the recipes included, I did not include the directions to make these dishes to save space and printer ink. You will just see the ingredients.


β€’ Product Overview with Answer Key File (PDF)

β€’ Student Recording Packets File (PDF)

β€’ Task Cards with Additional Recipes File (PDF)

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve real world problems involving division of unit fractions by non-zero whole numbers and division of whole numbers by unit fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. For example, how much chocolate will each person get if 3 people share 1/2 lb of chocolate equally? How many 1/3-cup servings are in 2 cups of raisins?
Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
Interpret the product (𝘒/𝘣) Γ— 𝘲 as a parts of a partition of 𝘲 into 𝘣 equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations 𝘒 Γ— 𝘲 Γ· 𝘣. For example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) Γ— 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) Γ— (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (𝘒/𝘣) Γ— (𝘀/π˜₯) = 𝘒𝘀/𝘣π˜₯.)
Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.
Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, 𝘒/𝘣 + 𝘀/π˜₯ = (𝘒π˜₯ + 𝘣𝘀)/𝘣π˜₯.)


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