# My Ice Cream Shop- A "Real Life" Math Project

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Dive into this self-guided real life math project with 9 levels of critical thinking, designing, business planning, hands-on building, calculations and more.

Students will open their ice cream shop for three seasons and see what it takes to run a business. Can your students market their shop with a great logo and name, lay out the shop, build it (using a 3D component), set a menu and make a profit? Students will be begging to work on this project, but the best part, they are practice so many skills encompassing design, math and critical thinking, they will forget they are even learning!

math concepts covered in this project:

• area
• volume
• perimeter
• graphing
• multi-digit: adding, subtracting, multiplication and division
• geometry (3D nets).

Happy Teaching!

~Erin

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Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.
Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.
Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
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