Menu Math Mini Project:
Texas TEKs 6.1C, 6.2D, 6.3E
Math Concepts and Skills
Part 1: add decimals
Part 2: multiply decimals (calculate tip)
Part 3: subtract & divide decimals (difference, ordering, split cost)
A fun way to actively engage students in learning.
Students can be assigned to work individually or in small groups.
Each individual / group randomly selects a scenario card and uses one of the two menu’s to select meals for their diners. Since each diner has requested separate checks the students will be creating a separate data table for each individual diner.
note: At times students will have to make product choices that will raise or lower the total cost. To raise the difficulty level for more advanced students, teachers can assign a budget for the total expenditure of the 4 diners.
Once each student or group has calculated the cost of each meal and input that data into the tables, a Tip Jar Task Card needs to be selected. Students will use the information provided on the cards to calculate how much each diner tipped their waiter / waitress.
note: The Tip Jar cards vary in difficulty with more basic cards at the bottom of the page. I recommend pulling these cards to the side and saving them to use with students that need accommodations in order to keep up.
Those students that complete the Tip Jar task can take their project to another level by selecting a Stretch Task Card. The Stretch Task Cards address a variety of real world problem solving skills.
note: These cards also vary in difficulty. I again recommend pulling the more basic cards aside for use with struggling learners.
Active Engagement Incentive:
Offer a reward for each group that has no calculation errors.
Once the students have completed their projects, have them exchange their paperwork with another group. If the other group can find a calculation error they can steal the reward from the other group.