Food Truck Challenge Math Project Based Learning Activity

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LaFountaine of Knowledge
Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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9 pages
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This was one my favorite end of the year activities. My students truly loved creating a food truck and creating a menu. Thank you for such a great resource!
I did not realize how much fun the kids would have with this project! It really had these children excited and fully engaged in all aspects of the assignment.


This project based learning activity incorporates engineering, art, geometry, decimals, addition, and subtraction. Students design and construct a paper food truck and then run it using "Guest Checks" to take customer orders and calculate change.

This resource includes:

  • teacher directions
  • student directions (with photos of each step)
  • all templates to construct the food truck, counter, oven, refrigerator, and trash can
  • 4 guest checks to take orders and calculate change
  • scoring rubric
  • finished example
  • pictures of completed food trucks for ideas and inspiration

Project overview:

  1. construct a paper food truck complete with interior counter, oven, refrigerator and a trash can plus any other details (everything made out of paper)
  2. attach the food truck to a small piece of poster board, card board, or construction paper and decorate the base to show where the food truck is located (the beach, the park, a city street corner, etc.)
  3. include a menu with at least 5 menu items and their prices
  4. complete 4 "Guest Checks," totaling up how much each customer owes and determining how much change they will get back

This project is incredibly fun and deceptively educational! Be sure to display your completed food trucks for others to enjoy!

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Credits: Clip art by DigitalArtsi, used with permission. Cover background by Public Domain Pictures, used with permission. All other graphics and photographs are by Shea LaFountaine of LaFountaine of Knowledge. Fonts used include Londrina Solid and Londrina Sketch by Marcelo Magalhães, Amatic SC by Vernon Adams,  and Pangolin by Kevin Burke. All fonts were used with permission under open source licenses.

Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.


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