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This project is a wonderful resource for early finishers or enrichment students. It could also be used as a challenge/real world project for your whole class. I use it in my 4th grade classroom for my middle to high students. It could also be used for advanced 3rd graders or 5th and 6th graders.
The project asks students to plan a party with a given guest list and budget. Students pick a guest card and budget card before starting the project to see how many people will be at their party and how much money they have to spend. You can also assign these numbers to them.
Students then use a well organized budget sheet to help them plan their party. They must include the following in their plans:
1 main meal
2 or more snacks
1 or more favors for each guest
1 or more decorations
There are price pages given for each category. Critical thinking is also involved as students have to make sure there is enough of everything for each guests. Recipe cards are given for each main meal. Students must use the recipe to decide how much food to buy to make each meal.
Once students have planned their party, they are asked to design an invitation that shows everything their party will include.
I hope that your students enjoy this project! I appreciate feedback!